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Mon., Feb. 21, 2005, 11:23 a.m.

Another special plate

The Idaho Senate just passed a bill to create a new special license plate to honor science and technology, with proceeds to go to the state office of science and technology. But the bill didn’t pass without some protests that the state’s getting too many special plates.

“Unless we get to a point where everybody will be able to pick their own individual license plate, we are fast approaching a saturation point,” said Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston.

In addition to the tech plate, bills are pending this year to create special plates to honor Basque heritage and certain private colleges. There’s also a bill pending, sponsored by House Transportation Chair JoAn Wood, to ban any additional special plates from being created. Wood’s bill, HB 101, declares that “authorization of special motor vehicle license plate programs has been overused and has become unnecessarily burdensome.”

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