Members of a Louisiana house committee said the state already has too many specialty automobile license plates as they voted down a bill to provide a plate commemorating Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Melinda Schwegmann (D-New Orleans), would have assessed a special $25 annual fee on top of the normal vehicle registration fee. The proceeds from the added fee would have gone for scholarships, educational programs, and advocacy.
Rep. Jim Tucker (R-Algiers) was among the opponents. Tucker said the ever-growing number of specialty plates can cause headaches for law enforcement. Problems are cropping up with repetition of numbers on various plates, he said. "I think we need to go back and look at some of the ones we have already approved," Tucker added. The Reverend Grant Storms, spokesman for Christians Conservatives for Reform, asked the panel to reject the bill as being part of the "homosexual agenda."