(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:07 PM
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.