Senators Basham and Whitmer, under their constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of Senate Bill No. 59.
Senator Basham moved that the statement he made during the discussion of Senate Bill No. 59 be printed as his reasons for voting “no.”
The motion prevailed.
Senator Basham’s statement, in which Senator Whitmer concurred, is as follows:
Mr. President, I do believe, and also the bill that we just passed. I certainly support Habitat for Humanity. They do wonderful things for our state and our nation. I go to church every Sunday. I do trust in God. I used to be a Boy Scout. My family and I have pets. I believe in the Humane Society and the great work that they do. I am a member of Ducks Unlimited. I certainly do hope that our whole state will support our great professional teams, the Red Wings, the Tigers, Pistons, and even the Lions, Mr. President.
There is a reason that the State Police oppose these bills. The reason they oppose these bills is license plates are suppose to be an identifier. They are not supposed be a fundraiser, and we could do the same thing in Michigan. If you wanted to adopt a bumper sticker and pay a fee to put a bumper sticker on your car and have that money go to those different, wonderful organizations, it seems like it would make sense.
As confusing as it is for the police in this state and in other states to do their jobs, by adding these specialty plates, it makes it very, very confusing, so I a going to support the State Police and ask members not to support these bills, this whole package of bills. So I would encourage members to oppose these bills.