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At the Legislature

February 4, 2019

In the fifth week of session the Legislature debated bills on General File. Many of these bills were simple reviser bills that were quickly passed, often with unanimous support. The Transportation & Telecommunications Committee held hearings this week for three of the bills I introduced this session. The bills, LB696, LB697 and LB699 all deal with license plate provisions. LB696 is a simple bill which creates a separate license plate honoring members of our Air National Guard. LB697 would eliminate license plate fees for Military Honor Plates. These plates include Purple Heart plates, Gold Star Family plates, Prisoner of War plates, Disabled American Veteran and specialty plates. The family members of those individuals who wish to honor their loved ones sacrifice by displaying an honor plate should be able to do so without being required to pay a fee.

LB699 involved transporter license plates. Transporter plates are used to operate a motor vehicle used for transporting goods that may be registered under a company or for people like mechanics who may need to test drive a car that had not been registered in a few years. LB699 simply decreases the amount of time owners of transporter plates need to keep records of vehicles the plate was used on from 6 years to 3. This change would bring the requirement in-line with current recordkeeping regulations at county and DMV offices.

On February 8th, the Nebraska Veterans Council will host their Legislative Day in the Warner Chambers in the Capitol. The Nebraska Veterans Council is a coalition of Number of Veteran organizations from around the state. They include but not limited to the American Legion, VFW, DAV, Vietnam Veterans of America and Paralyzed Veterans of America. I look forward to meeting with veterans and discuss upcoming veteran-related legislation. Personally, I have two veteran-related bills I will be discussing with the Veterans Council. The first is LB279 will provide a sales tax exemption on food sold by Veteran organizations. The second is LB325 provides a motor vehicle tax exemption on one vehicle for 100% service-connected disability rated veteran. Many disabled veterans are under financial stress relating to injuries sustained while serving our nation and this bill will help ease those financial issues. Additional information on the Nebraska Veterans Council may be found at https://amvetsnebraska.org/nebraska-veterans-council/.

This past week Governor Ricketts announced that the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will accept applications until April 15, 2019 for the next round of grant funding from the Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI). The grant is for developing students’ interest and skills in high-growth industries where talent is needed. To learn more on how to apply go to the DED’s DYTI website at https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/program/nebraska-developing-youth-talent-initiative/. Questions can be directed to Bradley Pierce via the same email address, or by calling 402-840-0831.

You may reach my office with thoughts, comments, or questions on legislation throughout the session. My office can be reached at 402-471-2719 or at bbostelman@leg.ne.gov.

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