Senate approves Emmons’ legislation creating military service motorcycle license plate

LANSING – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Emmons to honor U.S. veterans by allowing them to obtain specially inscribed license plates for their motorcycles was approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate.

“Citizens of Michigan have expressed our gratitude for our veterans for nearly three decades by allowing them to use a specialty military service license plate for use on their cars or trucks,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “This new measure recognizes that many of our veterans are motorcycle riders and provides them that same option. It is a very visible way to honor our veterans and show our appreciation. It may seem like a small thing, but when we see one of these plates on the road we are reminded of their service and sacrifice.”

When Emmons announced the bill, she was joined by representatives of veterans groups in support of the legislation, including the American Legion Riders.

Since 1982, inscribed plates have been available to former prisoners of war, disabled veterans, veterans of all major wars or conflicts, recipients of the Purple Heart, survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, current and former members of the National Guard and military reserve, as well as anyone retired or honorably discharged from any branch of military service. The special plates cost $5 in addition to the regular registration fee.

Emmons’ measure, Senate Bill 214, extending the specialty license option to motorcycle riders, now moves to the Michigan House of Representatives for consideration.