Introduced by Senator Ernie Chambers, Nebraska Legislative Bill 474 has been signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts.
LB 474 requires the state to offer special mountain lion conservation license plates for vehicles registered in Nebraska. A fee of $5 will be charged for the special plates, and deposited into a new Game and Parks Commission Educational Fund. This money will be used "to provide youth education programs relating to wildlife conservation practices."
Under the law, applications for the new mountain lion license plate must be made available to the public by October 1, 2016.
The bill passed the Legislature with a vote of 47-0 and was on Governor Ricketts' desk in mid-February. MLF wrote a letter to the Governor asking him to sign LB 474 into law, citing the bill as an "all around win for residents, wildlife and the Game and Parks Commission."
Our members were asked to send letters as well to remind the Governor that mountain lion license plates are a great way for residents to show their support for mountain lions and contribute financially to wildlife conservation programs.
The Governor's office was even kind enough to send a thank you letter in response.
We are pleased to see Nebraska become one of a handful of states to offer mountain lion-themed license plates to motorists. If you'd like to be notified of the design and when applications are available, please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and join our mailing list.
And thank you again to everyone who wrote letters to the Nebraska Legislature to help pass LB 474.