House embraces license plate bills

The Louisiana House voted Tuesday night in favor of creating special prestige license plates for domestic violence awareness, lung cancer programs and the late George Rodrigue’s foundation.

State Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, said she filed House Bill 965 because of past state funding cuts to domestic violence programs. Her bill would create a license plate for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence if at least 1,000 motorists apply to pay a $30 annual royalty fee. The money would be used to eliminate domestic violence through education, social change and public policy.

The House voted 97-0 in favor of the bill.

State Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe, told legislators that House Bill 935 is needed to raise money for cancer programs. The bill would create a special prestige license plate for the Lung Cancer Alliance if at least 1,000 motorists apply to pay an annual royalty fee of $50. The money would go to the Lung Cancer Alliance’s programs.

The House voted 89-0 in favor of the bill.

State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, filed House Bill 818 to create a special prestige license plate for the George Rodrigue Foundation. The foundation provides financial assistance for the arts. It was founded by Rodrigue, a Louisiana artist who died last year.

HB818 calls for a $30 annual royalty fee if at least 1,000 motorists apply for the plate. The money would go to the foundation.

The House voted 96-0 in favor of the bill. Rodrigue’s son was on hand for the vote.

All three measures now move to the state Senate.