Michigan Senate enrolls legislation for ‘Choose Life’ license plate

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday formally enrolled Senate Bill 163, legislation that would see Michigan join more than half of the other states in the country that already allow their drivers to purchase a “Choose Life” fundraising license plate.

No tax dollars would go into the fund created for the plate, with charitable proceeds going to support a variety of life-preserving programming.

“People who choose to purchase a ‘Choose Life’ license plate will be able to show their love for helping others in a variety of ways when the plate becomes available,” said Sen. Colbeck, R-Canton, the sponsor of the legislation. “This bill is not about the political debate surrounding abortion, but like our other fundraising license plates, is a simple way to show support for worthy charitable causes.

“Money will be used for things like providing prenatal care, helping to prevent suicides, and providing for adoption assistance. This is about demonstrating love and supporting our fellow neighbors.”

After the same version of the bill has passed in both chambers, procedural steps are taken to order the bill as enrolled so it can be sent to the governor for signature. The “Choose Life” plate would join a wide variety of fundraising license plates that the Secretary of State currently offers. Once signed into law, the law would go into effect at the end of March 2018. Per statute, the license plates would be newly available to purchase after their design was developed by the Secretary of State, which would be completed no later than June 1, 2018.


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