Motto Plates Pass Virginia House and Senate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2003
NEWS CONTACT: Joe Glover – 804-419-4483 ext. 456

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia’s General Assembly has approved legislation creating “In God We Trust” specialty license plates for motorists in the Old Dominion. The proposal now goes to Governor Mark Warner to be signed into law.

The key moment for the legislation came when a House committee voted to include “In God We Trust” in an omnibus specialty plate bill certain to pass the full House and Senate. An email broadcast from the conservative group Family Policy Network to its supporters in Virginia the day before the House Transportation Committee voted on the proposal solicited immediate grassroots support for the legislation. The committee vote to include “In God We Trust” was 21-0.

Just minutes after the FPN alert was transmitted throughout Virginia, Transportation Committee members began to see their computer screens fill with messages of support for “In God We Trust” plates from citizens in Abingdon, Alexandria, Bedford, Brookneal, Charlottesville, Chester, Chantilly, Colonial Heights, Fairfax, Forest, Gloucester, Glen Allen, Gordonsville, Herndon, Lynchburg, Madison, Mechanicsville, Middlebrook, Midlothian, Moseley, Norfolk, Prince George, Richmond, Roanoke, Ruther Glen, Stephens City, Virginia Beach, Woodbridge, Wythville and Yorktown.

When legislators consider authorizing new specialty plates, they sometimes question whether there will be adequate demand from motorists to purchase them. While legislators ordinarily don’t care to receive email from other legislators’ constituents, the immediate feedback from FPN supporters throughout the Commonwealth indicated a strong statewide interest in purchasing the plates by motorists.

Family Policy Network is encouraging Virginia motorists to contact the Governor Mark Warner to encourage him to sign the omnibus license plate bill into law.

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