Lawmakers consider new plane purchase

State officials could travel Nebraska in a new airplane if an upcoming proposal in the Legislature becomes law.

Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha told the Legislature's Executive Board on Thursday that he will introduce a bill to buy a new state plane, which would cost as much as $3.8 million.

Lawmakers rejected Gov. Dave Heineman's budget request for a plane last year so they could study their options. The Department of Aeronautics had asked to purchase the 2001 Beechcraft Super King Airplane from the University of Nebraska Foundation for $2.2 million. State officials had previously leased the plane, which has since been sold.

The bill would also require the state to sell its 1982 Cheyenne plane.

A legislative study concluded that a new aircraft would be safer and last longer.

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