- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to create special mountain lion license plates that would raise money for youth wildlife education.

The measure won final approval Thursday with a 47-0 vote.

The legislation would require the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to offer “mountain lion conservation plates” for a $5 fee. Personalized plates would cost $40.

Revenue from the plates would go to a state program that educates youth about conservation.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, well-known animal lover, says he introduced the proposal because of the public’s interest in preserving the mountain lion population.

The legislation now goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts.

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The bill is LB474

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