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The state has important issues to deal with. Yet the legislature is spending lots of time grappling with the pressing problem of license plate aesthetics and appropriateness.
Jesus plate-gate will apparently soon come to an end, though. Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) has basically said the plate featuring Christ on a cross is dead, and there's little hope of it being resurrected three days later. An amendment was adopted yesterday that the "the plate shall not include any religious image," according to Naked Politics. So that's that. There could still be a plate to benefit the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, but Siplin isn't sure what image will go on it.
Then Senate Democratic leader Al Lawson tried to get a plate approved with a picture of his handsome face and the phrase "Can a brotha get a break?" The plate was actually approved in a voice vote before Lawson withdrew his request, but not before another senator seriously asked, "Do you think the only breaks we should give are for the brothers? What about the sisters?" Apparently there's some sort of humor to be found in all of this, and you can read the full thing at the Buzz to try to figure it out.
We're pretty sad it's the Democrats causing all of these license plate hiccups. However, with the balance of power so uneven in Tallahassee, a license plate is pretty much the only thing the Dems have a prayer of passing.