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'Choose life' license plates for Michigan approved by Senate panel

Jon Harrison

Michiganders could choose "choose life" license plates under legislation approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday.

Senate Bill 163 would have the state develop and issue a fund-raising license plate with the message "choose life." The funds raised by the purchase of these plates would go to the Choose Life Michigan Fund, controlled by anti-abortion group Right to Life Michigan.

Michigan considered adding "choose life" license plates in 2015. The bill passed in the Senate, but stalled in the House. It died with the end of that legislative term at the end of 2016. In fact, said Right of Life Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet, the bill has been introduced for seven consecutive legislative sessions without passing.

And 28 other states offer a "choose life" license plate, Rivet said. Nebraska's legislature is considering adding one there as well.

"Choose life" license plates were in the national spotlight recently when North Carolina's version ended up in federal court. After a trip up to the Supreme Court and back down to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Charlotte Observer reported that the state was allowed to go forward with license plates in March of 2016.

By approving the bill on Thursday, the committee sent it to the full Senate for consideration. It would need to pass the full Senate, House and get a signature from Gov. Rick Snyder to become law.

For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "'Choose life' license plates for Michigan approved by Senate panel", MLive, March 30, 2017.

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