"Choose Life" Plate Passes Committee
Special Report - May 18, 2011
On Tuesday, the House Transportation gave approval to HB 289Authorize Various License Plates, a bill that would authorize numerous new specialty license plates for North Carolina drivers. Included among the list of new license plates is a “Choose Life” license plate, which proponents of the measure have tried to get authorized for nearly a decade.
The “Choose Life” license plate would cost drivers that opt to purchase the plate an extra $25 per year (in addition to the regular DMV vehicle registration fee), with $15 going to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a nonprofit group that will distribute the funds to the state’s Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs). PRCs are non-profit, pro-life organizations located around the state that provide compassionate alternatives to abortion and help for women facing unplanned pregnancies, including counseling and other free-of-charge services.
As committee members considered the bill, the debate largely centered around the “Choose Life” plate. Both Representatives Diane Parfitt (D-Cumberland) and Rosa Gill (D-Wake) proposed amendments relating to the “Choose Life” plate. Two of the amendments would have placed more restrictions on the Pregnancy Resource Centers. Supporters of the bill were quick to respond, arguing that the amendments were merely an attempt to weaken the true purpose of the “Choose Life” plate. The three separate amendments aimed at changing the “Choose Life” plate portion of the bill all failed on voice votes.
After debate concluded, HB 289 passed by a voice vote, marking the first time the “Choose Life” plate has been able to receive a vote in committee since the legislation was first proposed. If HB 289 becomes law, North Carolina would become the 25th state to offer a “Choose Life” plate.
As with all bills seeking to authorize a specialized plate, HB 289 goes to the House Finance Committee for further consideration.
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"Choose Life" Bill Introduced- February 17, 2011
Choose Life Month - January 10, 2011
2011 Radio Show with Eva Ritchey - 2011
Choose Life Not Chosen Again - June 18, 2010
Choose Life Lawsuit Possible - May 27, 2010
Choose Life Plate Gets Billboard Boost - October 20, 2009
Unequal Treatment - FNC - July/August 2009
"Choose Life" Advocates Move Forward - June 1, 2009
"Choose Life" Plate Redesigned- April 17, 2009
In Some States Motorists Can "Choose Life"- January 31, 2008
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