LINCOLN — Nebraskans soon could have the option of driving with a single, rear-bumper license plate if their vehicle came without a bracket for a front plate.

Nebraska lawmakers voted 44-0 Monday to give final-round approval to Legislative Bill 53. If the measure receives the governor’s approval, it will take effect next Jan. 1.

The bill adds another category of vehicles excluded from the two-plate requirement. Motorcycles, dealer cars and special interest vehicles such as antiques are among the those that currently can operate with a single plate.

State Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk said he introduced the bill so that certain sports cars lacking front-plate brackets can be legally operated without having to undergo drilling or other modifications that could diminish the car’s value.

The bill requires vehicle owners to pay an additional $100 for a decal that must be displayed in the driver’s-side front windshield. Scheer said he thinks the decal fee will limit the number of motorists willing to apply for single plates.

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