Bill could Bring Back Michigan’s Old Blue License Plates
Do you remember the basic blue and white text Michigan License plates? Would you want yours back for nostalgic reasons? Would you be more or less interested if the premium of $100 additional for the annual registration went to the Michigan road fund to help fix the busted ass roads?
Well Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow introduced a bill to do just that:
Challenging times call for creative solutions. I introduced this bipartisan bill to bring back the classic blue plate to celebrate our car culture – with all revenue raised going to fix our roads *without* raising taxes. #mileg https://t.co/At12PRnzq8
— Mallory McMorrow (@MalloryMcMorrow) September 25, 2020
These Blue and White Michigan plates were phased out in 2007, when the state made a money grab to force all drivers to purchase new license plates by discontinuing these old blue and white ones.
SENATE BILL NO. 1146
September 24, 2020, Introduced by Senators MCMORROW, GEISS, POLEHANKI, IRWIN, WOJNO, MOSS, BAYER, MCBROOM, VICTORY, BUMSTEAD, HORN, BULLOCK, CHANG and OUTMAN and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled
“Michigan vehicle code,”
by amending section 803r (MCL 257.803r), as amended by 2019 PA 88, and by adding section 803s.
the people of the state of michigan enact:
Sec. 803r. The secretary of state shall deposit the service fees collected under sections 803e, 803f, 803i, 803j, 803k, 803l, 803m, 803n, and 803o, and 803s(2)(a) into the transportation administration collection fund created under section 810b through October 1, 2023.
Sec. 803s. (1) No later than December 31, 2020, the secretary of state shall develop and issue 2 legacy registration plates as follows:
(a) One plate must be a blue registration plate that replicates a registration plate issued by this state during the years 1983 to 2007 as determined by the secretary of state.
(b) One plate must be a black registration plate that replicates a registration plate issued by this state during the years 1979 to 1983 as determined by the secretary of state.
(2) An application for a legacy registration plate must be submitted to the secretary of state pursuant to the procedures prescribed in section 217. In addition to the regular registration fee, each application for a new legacy registration plate must be accompanied by both of the following:
(a) A service fee in an amount determined by the secretary of state to reflect the actual cost of developing, issuing, and otherwise administering the legacy registration plates.
(b) An additional fee in the amount of $100.00. The additional fee under this subdivision must be deposited in the Michigan transportation fund established under section 10 of 1951 PA 51, MCL 247.660.
(3) A legacy registration plate expires as provided in section 226. The service fee and additional fee prescribed in subsection (2)(a) and (b) must not be charged in connection with an application for a renewal tab for an existing legacy registration plate.
(4) The secretary of state shall determine the number of each legacy registration plate to be manufactured and issued under this section.
(5) The secretary of state may, as determined necessary by the secretary of state, cease to issue legacy registration plates and duplicate replacements of legacy registration plates for use on vehicles. If the secretary of state ceases to issue legacy registration plates and duplicate replacements of legacy registration plates, the secretary of state may continue to renew legacy registration plates already issued.
So don’t get too excited, it’s just a bill, and needs to be fully voted on, and signed into law by the Michigan Governor, but it seems like a pretty safe bill to vote on to raise money to you know “fix the dame roads” which are still not fixed.
Not that we are snitches or anything but what if we told you we know that there is at least one driver *cough* Deb, who drives their old school Michigan Blue and white vanity license plate anyway. So you know help pass this bill into law for all of the Deb’s out there.