Friday, May 18, 2007

Wisconsin: A One-Plate State?

At the Joint Finance Committee, a motion to make Wisconsin join the list of one-plate state passed 9-6 yesterday. It made less news than issuing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.

Opponents worried that law enforcement needs two license plates so that they can see from the front if a driver is wanted or a car is stolen. Rep. Kitty Rhodes said it made possible phoning in tips when a driver was driving erratically due to drunkenness or other possible distractions. Proponents said it could save money.

Current one-plate states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Of course, Wisconsin would move to a one-plate state after I moved here from living in a series of one-plate states and had to sink bolts into my front bumper because the holes on the bumper did not match the holes on the license plate.

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