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New proposed specialty license plates


House lawmakers approved proposals that would create new specialty license plates for certain non-profit organizations, special interests and members of the military.

Monday, plates were approved for seven organizations including Hunters for the Hungry Louisiana, the Louisiana Golf Association, the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, Down Syndrome Awareness, the Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network, Louisiana Master Gardeners and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Currently, Louisiana OMVs offer 165 different specialized license plates. Eight sorority/fraternity, 9 high schools, 52 special interest, 23 organization/service, 29 universities/colleges and 44 military veteran plates can be purchased for varying fees. Some plate have specific qualifications, such as military service, while many others can be purchased by a supporter of a certain organization, such as Susan G. Komen.

Acadiana Affiliate Missions Director Michelle Izzo-Voss said their plates, equipped with the organization's logo and mission statement, allow community members who don't have a chance to donate large amounts of money or race for the cure to join the fight against breast cancer.

"It brings awareness to the cause and to fundraising. We say that all the time in fundraising, no matter how big or small it all adds up and it all makes a difference."

JDRF Development Manager Cherie Lato agreed, "When we learned that it was an opportunity that JDRF could pursue , we thought it was a very good idea, it's something we were very interested in. To be able to bring awareness and also to be able to raise funds to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes which is the sole purpose of our organization."

At least 1,000 people must apply for the new plates, at which time prices would vary from $10 to $30, on top of standard charges.

The house also approved a proposal for U.S. Army Rangers and members of the military who receive the Distinguished Service Cross to receive special plates. Those would come with no additional cost.

The bill heads to the Senate for consideration.

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