Nebraska advances bill to create military license plates

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska motorists could show off their military affiliation or support for U.S. troops on their license plates by 2021 under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval Monday on a 37-0 vote.

The bill by Sen. Carol Blood, of Bellevue, would require the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to design plates honoring people who served in the armed forces or as a reservist. It also would create plates honoring those who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, the Gulf War or the global war on terrorism.

The measure creates a special fund to help recruit veterans to Nebraska.

Two additional votes are required by the legislation before it goes to the governor.