Elimination of motor vehicle sales license advances

Motor vehicle salespersons would no longer be required to obtain a special license under a bill advanced from general file April 5.

<a href='http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist37' target='_blank' title='Link to the website of Sen. John Lowe'>Sen. John Lowe</a>
Sen. John Lowe

Introduced by Sen. John Lowe of Kearney, LB346 would eliminate the requirement for a person to obtain a motor vehicle, motorcycle or trailer salesperson license from the Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board. The license costs $20 per year.

The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates that eliminating the licenses would reduce state revenue by approximately $162,000 annually and save the state $7,600 in printing and mailing costs.

Lowe said repealing the licenses for salespersons would remove a barrier to employment without threatening consumer protections. Dealers still would be required to have a license and carry liability insurance, he said, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles requires dealers to secure a $50,000 bond.

“This bill helps employees to be able to save money and time by allowing them to skip over red tape and simply work at the jobs that they already have been offered,” Lowe said.

Lawmakers voted 39-0 to advance the bill to select file.

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