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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hammond Proposes Limiting Specialty License Plates

According to the Spokesman-Review's Eye on Boise blog, new State Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, thinks Idaho issues too many specialty license plates for too many things, so he's proposing legislation to limit them to state or public agencies or “foundations supporting the interests of state or local government.”

Hammond said he doesn't plan to do away with any of the existing specialty plates, but that any further specialty plates would have to support a general government good as he doesn't believe Idaho's government should be in the business of raising money for private causes.

Current specialty plates include ones to benefit the Special Olympics, the National Rifle Association, an “Idaho Freemason” plate and the “Corvette, America's Sports Car” plate.

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