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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

(Annapolis) Yesterday, Del. Michael Smigiel (R-Cecil) and Del. Michael McDermott (R-Wicomico/Worcester) presented HB-541 to the House Environmental Matters Committee that would create a special license plate in Maryland to honor all veterans. The plates would be available to the public just as the current Agriculture and Bay plates are currently. The funds collected for the Veterans Support plates would go directly to help wounded Maryland Veterans.

“This is an opportunity for all Marylanders to show their true appreciation for the sacrifices of our Veterans” said Del. McDermott. “People want to say ‘thank you’ and
provide real support to those protecting our liberty in harm’s way, and this plate gives them a way to display it proudly”.

The plates would be available from the Department of Motor Vehicles for a fee, but the money collected over the normal registration charges would go directly to help the wounded Maryland Veterans. There has been some resistance to the new plates from the DMV. In a statement, they complained about the administration of the program and storing the new plates. To that, the delegates said, “find room…empty a closet, and stop making excuses”.

“Supporting our farmers is important…supporting the bay is important…but without our veterans, our very liberties would be in peril. How can we not find a way to make this happen?” said Del. McDermott to reporters attending a press conference on Tuesday.

Support for the new plates, featuring a soaring eagle in the background clutching a banner reading “Maryland Supports Veterans”, has been overwhelming.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why does Maryland keep spending money on things that are not NECESSARY?!
They want to raise your taxes, in several different ways, and now they pay to have these tags made?
Look, I'm not against support of our veterans, but when the state doesn't have any money, how can they continue to keep spending, spending, spending!?
Been to the MVA lately and seen all the NEW equipment? Lots of NEW equipment but we don't have money for roads, employees still are being furloughed and the state workers are doing LESS work now than they've done in years!
Keep your heads in the sand and your blinders closed and they'll just continue down the same road and you'll have even LESS money in your pocket at the end of the day!
Wake up people!
I know we haven't had much SNOW this winter, but you're ALL being SNOWED by the State of Maryland!
Glad I live in Delaware!