Transportation and Telecommunications

Proposed history license plate clears first round

Lawmakers advanced a bill from general file May 4 that would create a new specialty license plate celebrating Nebraska history.

Sen. John Cavanaugh
Sen. John Cavanaugh

Under LB317, sponsored by Omaha Sen. John Cavanaugh, Nebraska History licenses plates would be available in alphanumeric or personalized versions beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The plate would be designed in consultation with History Nebraska — formally known as the Nebraska Historical Society — and reflect the importance of preserving the state’s shared history.

The specialty license plate commemorating Nebraska’s sesquicentennial will expire in 2022, Cavanaugh said, removing a small, but reliable revenue stream for History Nebraska.

“This bill will allow the foundation to continue to receive that funding from a license plate … while allowing Nebraska residents to celebrate Nebraska history with a license plate,” he said.

The fee for the alphanumeric plates would be $5, credited to the Support Nebraska History Cash Fund. Personalized plates would cost $40, with $10 credited to the state Department of Motor Vehicles Cash Fund and $30 credited to the Support Nebraska History Cash Fund.

Following the 38-0 adoption of a technical Transportation and Telecommunications Committee amendment, senators voted 37-0 to advance LB317 to select file.

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