'Boston Strong' License Plate in the Works
Purchase of the License Plates will Benefit One Fund for Bombing Victims
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
After the tragic bombings that took place at the Boston Marathon, the city’s new unofficial slogan and rallying cry, “Boston Strong,” has since appeared on t-shirts, hats, posters, billboards, and much more.
Now, nearly five months later, the motto may find a place on the official license plates of the state of Massachusetts as well.
The bill that outlines the implementation of the new plates, sponsored by State Representative Angelo Puppolo, states that they would include the words “Boston Strong,” and would cost at least $50 more than it presently costs motor vehicle owners to register their cars every two years, with a portion of the proceeds going toward assisting the victims of the Marathon Bombings.
As the spokeswoman for the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Sara Lavoie, explains, a fraction of this payment would go toward the cost of making the plate—about $12—while the remainder of the proceeds would go to The One Fund Boston.
The fund is an organization founded by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino on April 16, 2013 following the bombings in an effort to raise money to aid for the victims—three killed and 260 injured—as well as their families.
At the time of the chaos following the events of the marathon, Patrick said, “The One Fund Boston will act as a central fund to receive much needed financial support … At moments like this, we are one state, one city, one people.”
Immediately following the events of the marathon, the victims experienced an outpouring of monetary as well as emotional support. Puppolo and other proponents of the “Boston Strong” license plates bill hope that the proposed legislation, though criticized for being costly, will receive avid support of the same nature.
Puppolo, who is among 60 legislators to have signed on as a sponsor of the bill, says he sees the new plates as “another way for people to show their support and continue to remember.”
Like many license plates with partial proceeds going toward charity, such as those dedicated to breast cancer or animal welfare, the plates would be significantly more expensive than regular plates would typically cost.
One provision of the bill, however, states that the license plates will be issued at no cost to any parent, child, sibling, or spouse of those either killed or severely injured in the bombings.
The bill was scheduled for a hearing with the Joint Committee on Transportation this past Tuesday.
While news of the hearing has yet to be released, the bill must pass in both the House of Representatives as well as the State Senate before it can be signed into law by Patrick.
“The Boston Strong license plate would give the citizens of the Commonwealth the opportunity to contribute to financial support to those who were impacted by this tragedy,” Puppolo said. “In addition, Boston Strong license plates on vehicles throughout Massachusetts and wherever their owners travel would be one more way to honor the victims and their families, and let them know that they will not be forgotten.”