TEP license plate bill to be heard in committee on Tuesday

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A bill that was introduced last year that would create a special license plate for the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation (TEPF) will be debated on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. during a meeting of the Tennessee House Public Transportation & Highways Subcommittee, according to TEP lobbyist Jenny Ford.

The bill was filed last year (Feb. 15, 2007) by Memphis Senator Shea Flinn (D-district 30) and Representative Beverly Marreo (D-district 89). Nashville Democrat Sherry Jones (D-district 59) signed on as a co-sponsor in the House of Representatives.

If passed, half of the proceeds would be retained by the State with the other half dedicated to Tennessee Equality Project Foundation.  The Foundation is TEP’s education arm and sponsors events and workshops for GLBT education, including Lobbying 101 training. TEF would receive just over $15.00 for each plate sold.

“We hope that Representative Jones’ will move forward with the bill on Tuesday if the votes are in place to proceed,” explained Christopher Sanders, president of the Tennessee Equality Project. “We’re asking members of the community to contact subcommittee members and ask them to vote yes on HB2342.”

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If approved, the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation would have one year to sell 1,000 plates, collect $35 for each plate, and design the artwork. The license plate offered by the TEF would be one of more than 90 specialty plates available to Tennessee drivers.