About 5 percent of the bills introduced for Virginia's 2003 General Assembly session involve the authorization of special license plates. Here's a sampler:
House Bill 1374, sponsored by Del. Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover)
Plate would commemorate the 30th anniversary of Secretariat winning horse racing's Triple Crown. Annual surcharge for these plates would be $25, instead of the standard $10. For each set of plates issued after the first 1,000 sets, $15 would go to support the creation and operation of a Secretariat museum.
HB 1377, sponsored by Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta)
Repeals authorization for issuance of plates that failed to meet the requirement of 350 prepaid applications within three years of authorization. Those include plates for Virginia State Police Alumni Inc., supporters of public schools, the Boy Scouts of America and the Chincoteague Pony Association; plates bearing the legend "Virginia is for Lovers"; and plates celebrating the history of Fairfax County and commemorating the 300th anniversary of the City of Falls Church.
HB 1406, sponsored by Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun)
Authorizes plates bearing the legend "Choose Life." After 1,000 registrations, $15 of the $25 fee would be paid to the locality in which the vehicle is registered and distributed to nongovernmental, nonprofit agencies that provide counseling and other services for expectant mothers committed to placing their children up for adoption.
HB 1416, sponsored by Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun)
Removes the prohibition on display of the organization's logo on Sons of Confederate Veterans plates. (Logo includes the Confederate battle flag.)
HB 1438 Del. John A. Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)
Provides that General Assembly members' special license plate numbers be the same as their district numbers.
HB 1483, sponsored by Del. Kathy J. Byron (R-Lynchburg)
Authorizes the issuance of special license plates bearing the national motto: "In God We Trust."
HB 1492, sponsored by Del. Leo C. Wardrup Jr. (R-Virginia Beach)
Reduces from three years to two years the time within which the minimum of 350 prepaid applications must be received.