Nebraska is one step closer to honoring veterans on license plates, and some lawmakers looked seriously Wednesday at giving mountain lions the same recognition.
Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont floated the idea Wednesday during debate on his bill. Janssen, a Navy veteran, proposed an amendment that would allow motorists to apply for "Mountain Lion Protection Plates." Revenue from the plates would help pay for a wildlife conservation program for youths.
Some lawmakers argued that the proposal was offensive to veterans. Others from military backgrounds shrugged it off.
The debate followed several unsuccessful efforts this year to end mountain lion hunting, led by Sen. Ernie Chambers.
Janssen later withdrew the mountain lion amendment, and the veterans' plate bill was advanced to a final vote without it.
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