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'In God We Trust' License Plate Idea Advances

March 16, 2011|By Ted Land | Channel 2 News
  • A sample license plate from Virginia, one of multiple states which have created "In God We Trust" designs.
A sample license plate from Virginia, one of multiple states which have created "In God We Trust" designs.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House of Representatives approved a measure Wednesday that would allow drivers to choose a special "In God We Trust" license plate design.

The bill passed 32-3, but without the support of some Majority Republicans.

Representatives Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage), Mia Costello (R-Anchorage), and Eric Feige (R-Chickaloon) voted against the proposal, which was sponsored by Anchorage Republican Rep. Bob Lynn.

"I'd just like to make a statement about what our priorities should be," said Hawker, who noted that his constituents have asked him to spend his time focusing on the economy, declining resource production, and healthcare.

Some Democrats echoed the concern.

"If we don't start spending our time on things like (healthcare) and all we have to say for ourselves at the end of session that we passed a bunch of license plate bills, I'm going to be pretty disappointed," said Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage), who voted in favor of the measure.

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Rep. Peggy Wilson (R-Wrangell) is one of a few lawmakers who stood to speak in defense of the bill and others like it, which she said matter to some of her constituents.

"I think we are here to do a lot more than just our budget," she said.

Additional proposals in the legislature this session would create National Rifle Association and "Choose Life" plate designs.

The "In God We Trust" plate bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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