UPDATE: Wis. Senate committee OKs pro-life license plates

UPDATED Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 12:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill to create a Wisconsin license plate displaying the words "Choose Life" has been approved by the Senate transportation committee in a party-line vote.

There was no discussion on the bill that passed 3-2 Thursday.

The bill would allow the state to sell the specialty plates for an annual $75 registration fee and a $15 special plate fee. Another $25 annual fee would be donated to Choose Life Wisconsin Inc., a group set up by anti-abortion groups.

The Assembly passed the bill along party lines in November, but it's unclear whether the bill will reach the Senate floor this session.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald didn't immediately return requests for comment on the bill's prospects.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 26, 2013 --- 8:59 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two weeks after Republicans who control the state Assembly voted to create anti-abortion license plates that say "Choose Life," Democrats have introduced a proposal to create plates that say "Support Planned Parenthood."

The measure is sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Chris Taylor, of Madison. She is a former public policy director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Taylor's bill was introduced Monday and referred to the Assembly's Transportation Committee. The bill is likely to die in committee. The panel's chairman, Republican Rep. Keith Ripp, has a 100 percent approval rating with anti-abortion group Wisconsin Right to Life. Taylor's ranking is 0 percent.

Two weeks ago the Assembly voted to create the "Choose Life" plates, with the money raised going to a corporation newly formed by anti-abortion groups.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, November 15, 2013 --- 2:38 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to create anti-abortion license plates after a bipartisan deal that would have created a new way of authorizing specialty plates fell apart.

The Assembly passed the Republican-sponsored bill shortly after midnight Friday to create the "Choose Life" plates.

A bipartisan deal involved not taking up the bill and instead set up a procedure for qualified groups to apply to the Department of Transportation for special plates instead of going through the Legislature.

But Republican leaders backed off of that deal after getting angry over several moves by Democrats during the late-night debate, including a call to adjourn early.

Money created by the "Choose Life" plates would go to Choose Life Wisconsin Inc., a corporation that anti-abortion groups set up to funnel money to adoption programs.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 6:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to pass a bill that would create anti-abortion license plates that would generate money for adoptions.

The Republican measure would create plates that read "Choose Life" and feature an image of an infant's footprint. Purchasers would have to pay both the annual $75 vehicle registration fee and a $15 special plate fee. They'd also have to pay another $25 that would go to Choose Life Wisconsin Inc., a corporation that anti-abortion groups Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin have set up to funnel money to crisis pregnancy centers' adoption programs.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill during a floor session set to start Thursday afternoon. Republicans control the chamber, making passage all but certain.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, September 23, 2013 --- 12:46 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker is again pushing a bill to create anti-abortion license plates.

Rep. Andre Jacque's proposal would create plates that read "Choose Life" with an image of a baby's footprint. Anyone who wants the plate would have to pay the regular registration fee, the state's $15 special plate fee and another $25 that would go to Choose Life Wisconsin, a corporation Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin have created to funnel the money to crisis pregnancy centers.

Jacque introduced a similar bill last year but it went nowhere. The Assembly's transportation committee has scheduled a public hearing on the new proposal for Tuesday but its prospects are murky. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's spokesman says the bill isn't on what he called "the fast track."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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