MIDDLESBORO — State Rep. Rick Nelson has filed a bill that would authorize an “In God We Trust” license plate for Kentucky motorists.
Nelson, D-Middlesboro, said the bill is identical to House Bill 207 filed during the 2008 Regular Session which passed the House but died in the Senate. Under HB 207, motorists would have been able to purchase one of the plates for an initial fee of $28 and $15 renewal fee, once enough applications had been received to justify production of the plate.
Nelson said the bill will give Kentuckians a chance to share their values with others.
“We want to sponsor this legislation because of what we feel would be a chance for Kentucky citizens to obtain a license plate they could proudly display on their vehicle,” said Nelson. “More good news about the bill is that it would help our military veterans by allowing those who buy the plates to make a contribution to the state’s veterans’ trust fund.”
Those registering for the plate or renewing their registration would be able to make a recommended voluntary donation of $10, according to the bill, which would be added to the registration fee unless the motorist decides not to contribute.
Indiana has reportedly had great success with its “In God We Trust” license plate since lawmakers there approved the plate in 2006. News reports indicate that over 1.6 million Indiana drivers have purchased the plates since they became available in early 2007.
“We hope to see the same success here,” said Nelson.
Also supporting a Kentucky version of the plate is Governor Steve Beshear, who reported in July that he will support legislation authorizing the plate during the next regular legislation in 2009. A letter was sent to the chairs of both the Kentucky House and Senate transportation committees by the state Transportation Cabinet in July asking them to pass such legislation next year.