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Mountain lion

The Legislature approved Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers' bill to create mountain lion conservation license plates.

A year ago, Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers told the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee he represented the 11th legislative district and all creatures great and small. 

He scored a victory when the committee voted out his bill (LB474) to create mountain lion conservation license plates.

The plates would come with a $5 fee that would go to the Game and Parks Commission for educating youth about wildlife conservation practices. More would go to the educational fund for personalized conservation plates.

Now the Legislature has given its approval on a 47-0 vote and forwarded the proposal on to Gov. Pete Ricketts for his.

During last year's hearing, Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis thanked Chambers for the bill, but not necessarily because it had to do with conserving mountain lions.

"You know, very few bills show up that produce revenue; almost all bills take revenue, so you're producing some revenue. I appreciate that," he said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSLegislature.

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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