Legislature: La. House transportation committee approves new plates

By By Jim Beam / American Press

BATON ROUGE — A dozen new prestige license plates were approved Tuesday by the House Committee on Transportation, Highways

and Public Works.

The bills, dealing with special licenses for various military, charitable and health organizations, move to the House floor.

If approved by both the House and Senate, the new plates will join 212 others that have been approved at previous legislative

sessions.

Each prestige plate costs two fees, in addition to the normal vehicle registration fee. In most cases, the first is an annual

fee that goes to the organization for which the license is approved. There is also a $3.50 handling fee.

A thousand plates have to be requested for the plate to be issued.

Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, is

sponsor of a prestige plate for a group called Hunters for the Hungry

Louisiana. A

$25 annual fee would go to a Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

special account known as the “Hunters for the Hungry Louisiana

Account.”

The funds would be used for the processing and distribution of meats to be used by nonprofit or charitable organizations at

no cost to individuals.

Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, is sponsoring a prestige plate for the Louisiana Golf Association. A $25 annual fee would

go to the association for the growth of game initiatives, including junior golf.

Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek, is

sponsor of a plate for the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association. It was

amended in committee

to read “LCA-Beef” and to say the first 100 plates would be

reserved for purchase at the direction of the cattlemen’s group.

A $25 annual fee would be distributed to the association “solely to coordinate the fulfillment of the economic, political

and social needs of the Louisiana cattle producers while working to increase the demand for beef and beef products.”

Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, is sponsoring the U.S. Army Ranger military honor license plate. It would carry the standard

$25 annual fee. 

Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, is

sponsor of the Down Syndrome Awareness plate. The annual fee would be

$30 and would be

forwarded to the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana. Funds

would be used to promote the interests of people with Down syndrome

and their families through advocacy and public awareness.

Rep. Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell, is sponsoring the Distinguished Service Cross Recipient military honor plate. The annual fee

would be $25. 

Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, is sponsor of the Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network plate. The $25 fee would be forwarded

to the group to support its programs.

Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, is sponsoring the George Rodrigue Foundation plate. A $30 annual fee would be forwarded to

the George Rodrigue Foundation to plan, develop and implement programs to expose children to the visual arts.

The “Blue Dog” artist, who died in December, established the foundation to promote art education in 2009.

Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, is

sponsor of the Louisiana Master Gardener plate. The annual fee would be

$10 and would be

forwarded to the Louisiana Master Gardener Program of the LSU

AgCenter to develop and enhance community horticulture programs.

Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Plaquemine,

is sponsoring the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation plate. A $30

annual fee would

go to the foundation to improve the lives of people affected by

Type 1 diabetes by accelerating prevention and treatment programs.

Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe, is sponsor of the Lung Cancer Alliance plate. A $50 annual fee would be forwarded to the alliance

to support its programs.

Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, is

sponsoring the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence plate. A

$30 fee would be

distributed to the coalition to work toward eliminating domestic

violence through education, social change and public policy.