Sen. Kahns license plate bills approved
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
LANSING — State Sen. Roger Kahn’s legislation establishing two new license plates was approved Wednesday by the Michigan Senate.
SB 199 would establish a fundraising license plate recognizing the Boy Scouts of America.
“I sponsored Senate Bill 199 to help the Boy Scouts of America raise funds,” said Kahn, R-Saginaw Township. “The organization will be able to use the money generated by the license plate to continue offering a high level of youth programming to help shape the leaders of tomorrow.”
SB 199 also would create the Boy Scouts of America Fund within the Michigan Department of Treasury and allow the secretary of state to transfer the funds donated from plate sales to the state treasurer.
The Boy Scouts of America have already raised the $15,000 startup fee required by law.
The proposed measure also would require the Boy Scouts of America to submit to the department a summary of expenditures of funds received during the preceding year.
Last year, Ithaca Boy Scout Troop 631 Scoutmaster Steve Bakker and his son Gerrit Bakker, an Eagle Scout attending Ithaca High School, testified before the Senate Transportation Committee in support of a similar measure sponsored by Kahn.
“Having a fundraising plate would enable parents and supporters of the Boy Scouts to financially support our programs and make their support visible by a license plate,” Steve Bakker said. “I feel strongly that a fundraising license plate could conservatively raise in excess of $200,000 a year for Boy Scout programs in the state of Michigan.”
More than 140,000 Michigan youth serve in the Boy Scouts of America.
Another bill sponsored by Kahn, Senate Bill 49, would create an “I Believe” standard license plate.
“I look forward to seeing both of these worthwhile bills signed into law,” Kahn said.
SBs 49 and 199 now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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