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2009 Senate Bill 49: Produce "I Believe" license plates
  1. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on January 27, 2009, to require the Secretary of State to produce "I Believe" vehicle license plates.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on January 27, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 13, 2009, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on May 20, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 20, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on May 20, 2009.

Comments

Re: 2009 Senate Bill 49 (Produce "I Believe" license plates )  by whit66 on July 14, 2009 

I've noted that nowhere in this proposed bills language does it describe what these people "believe" in.  


Is this something that each person who requests one of these license plates then makes up their mind to decide.about, i.e., "I Believe" in Witchcraft, or "I Believe" in Water Aerobics, or "I Believe" in Paying  My Bills and then adds this to their license plate ?   Or are these license plates going to have some sort of other language or symbols on them?


Or, does this have some hidden meaning, like "I Believe" in some sort of religion, which should be prohibited, since that would be contrary to First Amendment to the Constitution, which is a "separation of church and state".   If some sort of religious symbols are shown on the license plate, it is definitely a violation of the "separation of church and state" doctrine. 


If the Michigan Legislature is planning on passing such a bill, allowing the State to issue such license plates, they're going to also have to allow the issuance of license plates for those that have a differing view, such as "I Do Not Believe In Fairy Tales", or "I Believe In Common Sense, Not Fairy Tales".


Simply not stating what it is someone believes in is simply an attempt to pass a bill that should not have ever been brought to a vote in either the House or the Senate.    




Re: 2009 Senate Bill 49 (Produce "I Believe" license plates )  by changeagent on June 4, 2009 

[quote user="Yooper_Dave"]What's with all the license plate messages anyway - trying to justify a full-time job are we, eh?[/quote] 


They generate revenue.  Follow the money.



Re: 2009 Senate Bill 49 (Produce "I Believe" license plates )  by Yooper_Dave on June 3, 2009 

"I Believe" encompasses the entire range of beliefs.  "I Wonder" how much time was spent on this?  What's with all the license plate messages anyway - trying to justify a full-time job are we, eh?



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