- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska school bus drivers will no longer have to pay a $5 annual permit fee to the state under a bill signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts announced Wednesday he has signed the measure into law as part of a larger occupational licensing package. The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles says it issued approximately 4,900 school bus permits in 2016.

The bill By Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln doesn’t change any requirements imposed by the Nebraska Department of Education. Drivers will still have to undergo drug and alcohol testing, behind the wheel training and criminal background checks.

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