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Remember Michigan's classic blue license plates?
State Sen. Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat from Royal Oak, is willing to bet that enough drivers would cough up extra cash to rep one of Michigan's old-school blue license plates on their car.
The money raised would then go toward Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pledge to "fix the damn roads."
Senate Bill 1146
, which McMorrow sponsored and introduced earlier this week, would give drivers the option to pay an extra $100 to have a classic blue license plate, which originally ran from 1983 to 2007.
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Michigan black license plate ran from 1979-1983.
"Any Michigander who grew up here in the '80s and '90s remembers the simple, iconic design, and knows bringing back the blue plate is a no-brainer," McMorrow said in a release, adding, "Classic plate designs give Michiganders the ability to celebrate our unparalleled car culture. Bringing back the blue plate offers a creative way to generate much-needed revenue to help fix the roads without raising taxes."
Under the proposal, drivers could also get a black plate, which ran from 1979 to 1983. The way the law is now, you can only get a discontinued Michigan plate if your car is 26 years old or more and used in classic car shows.
The idea comes from California, where Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a "car guy" who restored a Chevy Camaro, wanted to come up with a way to make it easier for auto enthusiasts to restore their cars to a complete period look. Introduced in 2015, his legislation brought back California's black license plates
that originally ran from 1963 to 1969, though the state charged just $50 for the plates.
The California plates were even made using the original molds, which were discobered in Folsom Prison. According to the New York Times
, they were very popular, with more than 230,000 plates issued by the end of 2016.
Michigan's current white plates with blue lettering would remain the standard.
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