Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rep. Jim Gooch Files License Plate Bill

Frankfort- Kentuckians wanting to display the nation's motto on their license plates will soon have their chance if legislation pre-filed by state Rep. Jim Gooch becomes law.

The bill calls for a new license plated containing the words "In God We Trust" and any other design the Transportation Cabinet decides is appropriate. It would be offered as an alternative to the standard-issue license plate featuring the "Unbridled Spirit" logo, and would not carry any additional fees.

"If Indiana is any guide, this new license plate will be extremely popular here in Kentucky," said Rep. Gooch, D-Providence. "More than 1.6 million vehicle owners in that state have chosen that plate since it became available in January 2007."

Rep. Gooch, whose previous effort to create the plate was supported unanimously earlier this year by the Kentucky House of Representatives, noted that Governor Beshear is a strong supporter of his proposal. So is state Rep. Hubie Collins, the chairman of the the House's Transportation Committee and a co-sponsor of Rep. Gooch's bill.

"It's time we take this step and recognize what has long been our country's and our commonwealth's guiding principle," Rep. Gooch said. "Kentuckians should not have to wait any longer."

If Rep. Gooch's bill becomes law, the "In God We Trust" license plates would be available in January 2010.


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