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‘Choose Life’ license plate design unveiled

LB46 overcame six filibusters; Nebraska 29th state to offer ‘Choose Life’ plate

OMAHA (SNR/NCC) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled the design for the new “Choose Life” license plate Nov. 27 at Bethlehem House in Omaha.

The plate will be available January 1, 2018.

The plates were made possible by LB46, passed by the state legislature earlier this year. Governor Ricketts was joined by Lt. Governor Mike Foley, State Senator Dan Watermeier, representatives from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Students for Life and Bethlehem House, and other pro-life leaders.

“Life is precious, and public officials have a duty to stand up and be a voice for the unborn and most vulnerable,” Governor Ricketts said. “As governor, I have worked to support initiatives that protect and strengthen the culture of life that Nebraskans embody.  With the creation of this plate, Nebraska joined 29 other states that offer ‘Choose Life’ license plates.”

The plate design, which was chosen from a number of different designs, depicts a mother and child walking into a Nebraska sunset, offering a message of hope even when life may seem hopeless.

“With the new ‘Choose Life’ license plate, Nebraskans have an opportunity to put our deeply held pro-life values into action,” said Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference. “This image will be a daily reminder for us to defend life and offer hope to those in most need.”

The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) is a statewide association operated jointly by the Archdiocese of Omaha, Diocese of Grand Island, and Diocese of Lincoln.  Located in Lincoln, the NCC represents the public policy interests of Nebraska’s three Roman Catholic bishops before the Nebraska legislature, the Nebraska delegation in Congress, and state agencies. 

The public policy issues addressed by the NCC include institutional concerns of the Catholic Church as well as issues related to Catholic moral and social teaching, human dignity, and the common good.

Venzor said the Nebraska Catholic Conference expects this plate will encourage citizens to defend life in Nebraska, as well as offer a message of compassion and kindness to anyone in need. Whether someone is faced with a crisis pregnancy, extreme financial burden, or any kind of difficult uncertainty, they might see this plate and be filled with hope.

Senator Watermeier, who introduced LB46, tirelessly defended the bill and helped it to overcome six filibusters during floor debate in the spring.

“Every community has a responsibility to guard, protect, and cherish human life,” Watermeier stated. “Today, Nebraska takes another important step in showing our deep value and respect for human life through the beautiful ‘Choose Life’ plates you see today.”

Funds from Choose Life license plate sales will go to benefit the TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, program.

Frequently Asked Questions about the new plates

Q. How much will the Choose Life License Plate cost?
A. In addition to all other taxes and fees, a plate with an auto-generated alpha-numeric sequence is only $5.00. A personalized plate is $40, plus taxes and fees.

Q. Where do the proceeds go?
A. Extra funds from the Choose Life License Plates go to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Fund. If an alphanumeric plate is ordered, the full $5 is sent to TANF. If a personalized plate is ordered, $30 goes to TANF and the other $10 goes to the Motor Vehicle Cash Fund.

Q. Where can I order a Choose Life plate?
A. You will be able to order your plate online at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/dvr/license-plates. The website states applications will be available in mid-December.

Q. Can I order a plate before my registration needs to be renewed?
A. Yes! However, if you order a specialty plate before your normal renewal period, you will have to pay the additional fee again at the time of your annual renewal.

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