(Neb)-New Laws, Fuel Tax Increase Take Effect Tomorrow
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - More than a dozen new Nebraska laws will take effect tomorrow, including ones meant to help people who have been acquitted of crimes and help the widowed spouses of veterans.
The second phase of a gasoline tax law passed last year gradually increasing the state's fuel tax rate over four years also takes effect tomorrow. The rate will go up 1.5-cents to 27.3-cents per gallon.
The fuels tax is reviewed every 6 months to see if it needs to go up or to bring in just enough to meet the state highway construction budget.
It has 3 components: the wholesale tax, which based on the wholesale price of fuel; the variable rate, which can be adjusted to meet the demands of the state highway construction budget; and the fixed rate, the portion affected by the 2015 law.
The wholesale tax will actually drop a penny to 10.5-cents on Jan 1, reflecting lower prices since the summer, but the variable tax will go that same penny to 3.5-cents. The fixed tax will go up 1.5-cents to 13.3-cents a gallon.
Under another new law, Nebraska will seal criminal records in cases where a person is acquitted of charges or successfully completes a drug court program. Once the records are sealed, the person affected doesn't have to disclose the old charges when applying for a job, a license, or to enroll in college.
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