All Missourians can celebrate 200 years of statehood with a new automobile license plate that will be out in time for the Show-Me State’s bicentennial. The plate, to be designed no later than January 1, 2017, will be issued to Missouri drivers starting January 1, 2019.
Jay Nixon, Missouri’s governor, signed House Bill 2380 authorizing the bicentennial plate on July 1.
“It was essential that the process start when it did,” said Gary Kremer, SHSMO executive director. “This is the first step of many to help ensure that all Missourians are a part of the state’s celebration.”
Glen Kolkmeyer, Missouri state representative from the 53rd District, sponsored the legislation, and Dave Schatz, senator from the 26th District, helped ensure the effort progressed on the senate floor.
The final resolution, which does not affect personalized license plates, designated an advisory committee for the project. In addition to a State Historical Society representative, the committee includes leaders from the Department of Revenue, State Highway Patrol, Department of Corrections, and Department of Transportation, as well as the chairpersons of the transportation committees in both houses of Missouri’s General Assembly.
SHSMO trustee Doug Crews has been an instrumental figure in the project. “A lot of people helped bring the idea of a bicentennial license plate this far,” Crews said. “We are thankful to the Governor, Representative Kolkmeyer, and Senator Schatz for their support. Now we get to work together to find a design that reflects the unique blend of people, regions, and places that make up Missouri.”
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