Bill Ends Lawmaker Vanity Plate Discount

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers will no longer be getting a break on how much they pay for vanity license plates.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed a bill ending a personalized license plate discount for sitting and retired lawmakers.

Currently, members of the state Legislature and congressional delegation pay $12 for vanity license plates and are exempted from annual registration fees.

AB2068 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino would require lawmakers to pay the same price as their constituents for personalized plates - about $48. The bill also adds a $38 annual renewal fee.

The state estimates the increased fees will generate less than $30,000 a year for environmental causes. Portantino, of La Canada- Flintridge, said that the legislation was not intended to be a moneymaker, but to restore fairness.

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