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Arizona To Get Tea Party Plates
Thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizonans will now be able to wear their activism just above their bumpers. The local tea party’s commemorative “Don’t Tread on Me” license plates have been approved.
Though Brewer vetoed bills requiring presidential candidates to provide evidence that they were born in the United States and to allow guns on college campuses, she made a small nod to the tea party movement this week by green-lighting the new plates, which will have a deep yellow background and a rattlesnake symbol, visual references to the Gadsden flag that has been adopted by the movement.
Similar tea party license plates already are available in Texas, on tap in Virginia and under consideration in South Carolina and Nevada.
The Arizona bill passed with unanimous support in the state Senate, where it was introduced by Sen. Don Shooter, the former chair of the local Colorado River tea party. All except nine Republicans in the state House backed the bill as well.
With Brewer’s signature, supporters must raise $32,000 to design and produce the plate. Once available, it will be sold for $25, with $8 going to the state and the rest going to a 13-member “Arizona tea party committee” created by the bill. Unlike other states, Arizona allows proceeds from plate sales to be directed to entities other than the state government. For the tea party plates, the $8 fees will be put to tea party causes.
Democrats had complained that the license plates would be interpreted as a state endorsement of the tea party movement, while some Republicans and tea party members said it violated the movement’s principles of smaller and less-intrusive government.
The legislation also includes provisions for plates supporting hunger relief and multiple sclerosis research.
No word from Brewer yet on why she signed the bill.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53933.html#ixzz1KwvUYpsk
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