license plate http://michiganradio.org en State rejects “WAR SUX” license plate, Ann Arbor man sues http://michiganradio.org/post/state-rejects-war-sux-license-plate-ann-arbor-man-sues <p>Another Michigan man who was denied a personalized license plate the state says could be considered “offensive to good taste and decency” is suing on free speech grounds.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/iraq-war-vet-sues-state-over-vanity-plate">is already suing the Secretary of State over a similar case </a>in federal court in Grand Rapids.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:26:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15399 at http://michiganradio.org State rejects “WAR SUX” license plate, Ann Arbor man sues Michigan bill regulates license plate readers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bill-regulates-license-plate-readers <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation to regulate the use of devices that photograph license plates.<br><br>Rep. Sam Singh says his upcoming bill would require police agencies to delete license plate records from data systems within 48 hours unless the record is evidence of specific criminal wrongdoing.<br><br>The East Lansing Democrat said last week that innovative law enforcement ideas are needed to keep the public safe. But Singh says "a vast, unbridled data collection system cannot be tolerated in this state."<br> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 15:56:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14326 at http://michiganradio.org How about this license plate: RU Nuts? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-about-license-plate-ru-nuts <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">We&rsquo;ve got a few serious problems in this state, from the fact that we lost almost a million jobs in the past decade to the inconvenient truth that higher education has become both essential for all and highly unaffordable for a large percentage of us.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:11:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6018 at http://michiganradio.org How about this license plate: RU Nuts? "Choose Life" plates: what will they pay for? http://michiganradio.org/post/choose-life-plates-what-will-they-pay <p>The newsroom 8-ball says: &quot;Answer hazy, try again later.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/choose-life-specialty-plate-clears-michigan-senate-committee">As we reported earlier this week</a>, a proposal in the state legislature that would create a &quot;Choose Life&quot; specialty Michigan license plate cleared a Senate committee and has made its way to the chamber floor. If the proposal passes, proceeds from the plates would go to a newly-formed organization called the Choose Life Michigan Fund.</p><p>A Facebook fan responded, writing:&nbsp;<span class="commentBody" data-jsid="text"> &quot;</span><span class="commentBody" data-jsid="text">These &#39;pregnancy resource centers&#39; and &#39;other prolife entities&#39; actively evangelize and attempt to convert vulnerable women to their version of Christianity.&quot;</span></p><p>This comment got us wondering, if the proposal passes, what exactly will money from the plates pay for?</p><p>MPRN&#39;s Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta&nbsp;weighed in on the question of whether or not the proposed legislation would allow pro-life groups to use money raised by the state to proselytize in any way. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:20:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5981 at http://michiganradio.org "Choose Life" plates: what will they pay for? "Choose Life" specialty plate clears Michigan Senate committee http://michiganradio.org/post/choose-life-specialty-plate-clears-michigan-senate-committee <p>Last week, Michigan Radio&#39;s Zoe Clark reported on a bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would &quot;<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0600">create a specialty license plate</a> to raise money for the <a href="http://www.rtl.org/">Right to Life of Michigan Fund</a>.&quot;</p><p>Now, the Associated Press reports that the bill has cleared its first legislative hurdle, garnering unanimous approval&nbsp; from the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The legislation would allow Michigan residents to buy a &quot;Choose Life&quot; license plate with a portion of the money going to Right to Life. The organization says the money would go to abortion prevention projects.</p></blockquote><p>The bill will now make its way to the state Senate floor, the Associated Press reports.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:01:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5918 at http://michiganradio.org "Choose Life" specialty plate clears Michigan Senate committee Michigan Senate Committee to review 'Choose Life' specialty plate legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-committee-review-choose-life-specialty-plate-legislation <p>The <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=CommitteeBillRecordSearch&amp;mySession=2011-2012&amp;CommitteeName=TRANSPORTATION&amp;chamber=senate">Michigan Senate Transportation Committee</a> is <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=CommitteeMeeting&amp;CommitteeName=Transportation&amp;chamber=Senate">scheduled to review a bill today</a> that would <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28nxzhak55r5mjt2ah4mnp3m55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0600">create a specialty license plate</a> to raise money for the <a href="http://www.rtl.org/">Right to Life of Michigan Fund</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.rtl.org/legislation/PendingLegislation/chooselife_licenseplate.html">According to Right to Life of Michigan</a>, drivers would be able to purchase the specialty plates to support the pro-life cause.</p><p>Lawmakers have previously tried to bring up similar legislation, but it has failed. According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/choose_life_specialty_license.html">mlive.com</a>:</p><blockquote><p>About half the U.S. has &quot;Right to Life&quot; specialty plates, but their roll-out has been contentious. Groups in several states have mounted legal challenges on First Amendment grounds, some successfully, some not. The Supreme Court <a href="http://www.lifenews.com/2009/10/05/state-4476/">has let stand</a> state rulings barring production of the plates.</p><p>Most recently, in November, a North Carolina judge <a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/n-c-court-blocks-choose-life-license-plates-63271/">blocked production of the plates</a> until a legal battle was resolved. The American Civil Liberties Union argued production of the plates constituted &quot;viewpoint discrimination&quot; because there was no corresponding pro-choice alternative.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan State Senator <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Colbeck.asp?District=7">Patrick Colbeck</a> introduced the legislation, also known as <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2011-SIB-0600.htm">Senate Bill No. 600</a>. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:14:53 +0000 Zoe Clark 5813 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate Committee to review 'Choose Life' specialty plate legislation