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D.C. Bill Would Create Pride-Themed License Plates
Pride Plates Act of 2023, introduced by Councilmember Robert White (D-At-Large) would instruct the DMV to create LGBTQ-themed license plates that people could purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs typically provides programming, grants, and other resources to the local LGBTQ community. Under the legislation, a fund would be created to stockpile money obtained through, donations, or specialty license plate fees from the District, and any money appropriated in the fund but not spent in a particular year will be continue to be available in subsequent months and years. The District already makes several specialty plates supporting various causes, such as plates supporting the cleanup and protection of the Anacostia River watershed, D.C.’s military veteran community, and even local sports team, according to WTOP. According to White’s office, the District’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment held a hearing, and the Committee on Government Operations held a mark-up on a nearly identical bill last year.Once the bill passes, the DMV would be tasked with designing the template for the plates, although White is hopeful that the agency will consult with local LGBTQ advocates, including the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, to ensure the plates are inclusive and up-to-date.White hopes that D.C.