Bill limiting vanity plates 
dies in House

DENVER — Lawmakers are suckers when it comes to special interest groups who want to raise funds with a Colorado-issued specialty license plate, Rep. Ray Scott told a House committee Wednesday.

To date, lawmakers have approved 130 different types of alumni, military and special group plates over the years, and law enforcement officials are starting to have trouble discerning between them, the Grand Junction Republican told the House Transportation & Energy Committee.

To address the issue, the Legislature’s Transportation Legislation Review Committee, of which Scott is a member, approved introducing a bill to limit more.

That bill, jointly introduced by Scott and Reps. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, and Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, would have focused solely on the 82 specialty plates out there, the ones that are designed to promote specific causes, from breast cancer to wildlife protection.

The plates cost more than regular license plates, and some of the money goes to support those causes.

To qualify for a specialty plate, supporters must get at least 3,000 people to sign a petition to say they would buy it.

But even though there are so many plates, only six have actually reached that goal, said Division of Motor Vehicles director Mike Dixon.

So Scott and the two other lawmakers had hoped to limit how many more can be allowed, up to 85.

A majority on the committee, however, didn’t like that, some saying the Legislature shouldn’t disallow new groups from getting their own plates, too. The bill died on a nearly party-line 7-6 vote, with Democrats in control of the panel opposing it.


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