Sacramento, Ca — A measure that would allow family members of service men and women who have lost their lives in duty to receive ?Gold Star Family? license plates has been approved by California lawmakers and is now headed to the Governor for approval.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to provide funding for the new plates with privately raised money inorder that there not be an additional burden placed on taxpayers.
SB 1455 was co-authored by Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill, who made made the announcement that the bill has been approved.
?This license plate is but a small token of the deep appreciation we feel toward the families of the U.S. Armed Services with loved ones who lost their lives in service to our country,? said Cogdill in a statement. ?Servicemen and women throughout California have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am pleased so many of my colleagues have voted to honor the efforts of these courageous men and women and their families.”
Twenty-two other states also offer a special license plate for families who have lost a loved one in combat. The one challenge that the measure now faces is that Governor Schwarzenegger has stated that he will not sign any new bills until a budget is placed on his desk.
Written by BJ Hansen