Specialty license plates moving in the slow lane

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Despite getting the green light from House committees, various specialty license plate proposals may have more road to cover than time this Session, meaning that Florida may not add this year to the 120 different designs now available to cause-conscious drivers.

Two such specialty tag bills have cleared the House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee: the plate proposed in HB 487 would raise money for the Masonic Home Endowment Fund, and the plate proposed in HB 427 which would assist various Caribbean community focused charities.  The next stop for these two bills is the House Economic Affairs Committee, however their respective Senate companion bills each have three committee assignments yet to happen.

Likewise, SB 712, which would assist the Police and Kids Foundation, and SB 699 to salute Florida veterans, are moving even more slowly through the process.

Meanwhile even existing specialty places are facing scrutiny. Representative Mike Fasano says Florida needs to review high administrative costs associated with the plates – more than he thinks may be necessary.

For example,  HB 265 would increase the annual fee for the Florida Wildflower specialty plate from $15 to $25.  This would bring in an additional $154,970 for the Florida Wildflower Foundation, of which nearly $43,000 — or 27.5% — would go toward marketing and administrative costs.

The explosion of specialty tags means voluntary revenue for state approved causes; and makes for much more challenging games of road trip license plate Bingo.