Delaware State Senator Proposes Choose Life Plate

  • 2-2-2003
Dover, DE -- Delaware drivers who believe an unborn child has a right to life may soon be able to express their feelings on their license plate. Sen. Robert L. Venables Sr., D-Laurel, said he hopes to introduce legislation that would create an optional license plate displaying the words "Choose Life" on it. Sen. Venables said he was inspired by similar campaigns in Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana. He said he is unsure exactly how much he would recommend the state charge for the specialized plate, but all proceeds would go to the state's general fund. He is looking for a House co-sponsor to introduce the measure, because the Delaware Constitution dictates that any piece of legislation that would raise money for the state must be introduced in the House of Representatives. "I'm not trying to start a controversy," Sen. Venables said. "I just thought it was a pretty good idea." Kimberly Chandler, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety, said an act of the legislature is needed for such a plate to be initiated. The legislation then dictates the specific stipulations regarding how the plate is administered, such as the cost and where the money goes. Delaware has 65 specialized license plates available to motorists. They include plates featuring colleges and high schools, as well as fraternal organizations. There also are plates that advocate for animal welfare and environmental preservation.

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