Transportation and Telecommunications

Transportation and telecommunications omnibus bill approved

Lawmakers gave final approval April 11 to a bill containing technical changes requested by the state Department of Motor Vehicles as well as several other proposals related to transportation and telecommunications.

Sen. Mike Moser
Sen. Mike Moser

LB1200, sponsored by Columbus Sen. Mike Moser, updates state law to conform with federal regulations.

As amended, the bill contains provisions of five other measures considered by the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee this session.

The provisions of LB226, introduced by Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth, allow a contracting agency, when entering into a construction manager-general contractor contract, to combine the separate qualification and proposal steps into a single-step process if the agency determines that a single-step process is in its best interest.

The provisions of LB891, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Carolyn Bosn, update the Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Act to clarify that a manufacturer is any person who manufactures, assembles or distributes motor vehicles.

Under the bill, a manufacturer or distributor may not own a service facility or perform warranty or nonwarranty work on its vehicles unless it manufactures or distributes electric vehicles and is not a franchisor.

The provisions of LB900, also introduced by Brandt, increase maximum truck length from 40 to 45 feet.

The provisions of LB929, sponsored by Sen. John Fredrickson of Omaha, require the state Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate with the Nebraska Public Service Commission to ensure that the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can connect callers to, and receive communications from, the 911 service system.

The commission is required to adopt statewide standards providing for dual capability so that it will be operational by Jan. 1, 2025.

Finally, the provisions of LB966, introduced by Niobrara Sen. Barry DeKay, govern the movement of vehicular traffic facing flashing yellow arrow and steady red arrow indications. They also increase the precision with which the state Department of Transportation calculates Nebraska’s fuel tax rate.

LB1200 passed on a vote of 47-0 and takes effect immediately.

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