Recently, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 6 and LB 138 into law. LB 6 provides for the spouse or legal dependent of a person on active duty military assigned to a permanent duty station in Nebraska to continue to receive in-state tuition from the time of acceptance for admission for as long as the person remains continuously enrolled, even if the military person retires or is re-assigned to a new duty station. LB 138 is a license plate bill that provides for additional Military Honor and Support Our Troops plates.
“We are working hard to make Nebraska the most military and veteran friendly state in the country,” said Governor Ricketts. “Our servicemen and women, veterans, and their families have sacrificed much so that we may enjoy the Good Life here in Nebraska. We must work to ensure that we honor these brave men and women in any way we can.
The $5 initial issuance and renewal fee for the Support Our Troops plates will go towards the Veterans Employment Program Fund. Senator Carol Blood of Bellevue introduced both LB 6 and LB 138.
GOV. RICKETTS’ RECORD OF SUPPORT FOR NEBRASKA’S MILITARY FAMILIES & VETERANS
Over the past few years, Governor Ricketts has worked with the Legislature and veterans’ groups to support Nebraska’s military families and veterans. Below are a few examples of how Governor Ricketts is making Nebraska a more veteran-friendly state:
- Merging the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) and the Division of Veterans’ Homes to create a one-stop shop for veterans’ services in Nebraska.
- Approving a 20 percent pay increase for staff care technicians working for the NDVA.
- Expanding the hiring preference in Nebraska to include spouses of service members.
- Cutting red tape on a key property tax exemption for veterans if no change in medical condition has occurred.
- Creating five additional Military Honor License Plates to recognize the service of members of the reserves of the armed forces.
- Approving revisions to Rule 21, allowing military spouses to receive a three-year teaching permit in Nebraska with a valid out-of-state license.
- Signing LB 88e (2017) into law, which authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to issue temporary licenses for occupations regulated under the Uniform Credentialing Act to military spouses.
- Signing LB 12e (2019) into law, which allows active duty military members or their spouses to be licensed realtors in Nebraska without having to pay the licensing fee, provided they have a valid realtor’s license in another state.
- Signing LB 115 (2019) into law, which establishes the right for military families reassigned to Nebraska to preliminarily enroll in a school district.
- Signing LB 122e (2019) into law, which allows a veteran, their spouse, or dependents to qualify as residents for post-secondary tuition purposes if the veteran is receiving vocational rehabilitation.
- Building a new state-of-the-art Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home, which is providing world-class accommodations to hundreds of Nebraska veterans.