Bill for special license plates supporting Illinois veterans advances

| Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Illinois Senate has approved a bill that would honor American soldiers with commemorative license plates.

Senators voted 46-1 to advance a bill that would create “Support Our Troops” license plates for personal vehicles. The measure initially called for the special plates to read “Iraqi Freedom” but the bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Frank Watson of Greenville, later modified the bill to its current version.

A portion of the fee to obtain the commemorative plate would be used for veterans' assistance. The measure would also restrict the governor's office from using the money generated from the plate sale for other uses, The Quad-City Times reported.

The plate would cost $40 to purchase and $27 for renewal. Twenty-five dollars of that amount would be used for financial and education aid to children of veterans who died or were disabled while serving.

The bill – SB2130 – has been sent to the House Rules Committee.

A separate bill offered by Sen. Deanna Demuzio, D-Carlinville, would create “Support Our Troopers” license plates to fund the Illinois State Police.

The plate would cost $40 to purchase and $27 for renewal. Twenty-five dollars of that amount would be deposited into the state police vehicle fund.

Demuzio's bill – SB2837 – is likely dead for the year. It was awaiting consideration before the full Senate at the deadline to advance from the chamber to the House.

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