2012-04-19 / News

Paiva Weed sponsors new license plates

The Senate has approved legislation to direct the Division of Motor Vehicles to make available specially designed license plates to support the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

Sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, the bill empowers the DMV to issue the specialty plate upon a prepaid order of at least 900 plates.

“The Gloria Gemma Foundation was created to raise breast cancer awareness, to increase breast cancer health education and to generate funding for critical breast health programs,” said Paiva Weed.

The bill provides that, in addition to regular prescribed motor vehicle registration fees, the Gloria Gemma Foundation plates will be subject to a $40 issuance surcharge, of which $20 will be distributed annually to the foundation. The bill requires the foundation to use all Rhode Island sourced funds in and for the benefit of Rhode Island, and also to submit an annual audit to the state.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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