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SB 257 CHOOSE LIFE LICENSE PLATES (Senator John Carona)
Currently, 26 states have a license plate that reads "Choose Life", which is meant to promote adoption. The use of these license plates has raised more than $14 million for the mission of supporting pregnant women who are considering adoption. Texas does not have such a license plate and is missing the opportunity to promote awareness for adoption. The "Choose Life" license plate is a simple way to advance the cause of life at no cost to the taxpayers.
SB 257 would amend Section 504 of the Transportation Code to create the "Choose Life" license plate. The bill establishes a "Choose Life" account in the General Revenue Fund. From the revenues generated from the sale of the license plates, the Texas Department of Transportation would recoup their General Revenue Fund administrative costs and the remainder of the funds would be deposited into the new account. The funds would then be used to provide resources through charitable organizations for women who are pregnant and considering adoption, infants who are awaiting placement with adoptive parents, training and advertising related to adoption, or to provide for pregnancy testing and pre-adoption and post-adoption counseling.
As an adoptive parent, this bill is very important to me and I look forward to its passage.