Law preserves funds for Nebraska roads

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00 am

A bill to alter how commercial driver’s license exams are administered in Nebraska was signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman, preserving federal funds for almost half the state’s highway construction.

CDL candidates can expect a revised test that is expected to last longer than previous tests because, for example, some portions previously administered on a computer must now be physically completed.

Legislative Bill 983 brings Nebraska into compliance with regulations mandated under a federal law passed in 2012 that authorized funding and policy for surface transportation.

Had the Legislature failed to pass the bill, the federal government would have withheld about $14 million in funding for fiscal 2015 and more than $27 million in each subsequent year of noncompliance.

The bill was introduced by State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton and included provisions exempting farm workers from CDL requirements. Dubas and Anthony Aerts, assistant director of state and regulatory affairs for the Nebraska Farm Bureau, said the measure helps preserve interstate commerce in Nebraska.

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