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HOUSE BILL 4478
Authorize Boy Scouts specialty plate
Introduced by state Rep. Jeff Mayes, D - Bay City

The bill proposes to authorize a specialty license plate honoring the Boy Scouts of America, with the premium revenue going to the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts would have to submit a report to the state describing how they spent the money.

SENATE BILL 128
Authorize "In God We Trust" specialty plate
Introduced by state Sen. Cameron Brown, R - Fawn River Township

The bill proposes to authorize a specialty license plate with the motto, "In God We Trust," and the extra money charged for it going into the state general fund. The bill does not require any report detailing how the money is spent.

SENATE BILL 199
Authorize Boy Scouts specialty plate
Introduced by state Sen. Roger Kahn, R - Saginaw

The bill proposes to authorize a specialty license plate honoring the Boy Scouts of America, with the premium revenue going to the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts would have to submit a report to the state describing how they spent the money.

HOUSE BILL 4352
Authorize "Michigan heritage" specialty plate
Introduced by state Rep. Mike Huckleberry, D - Greenville

The bill proposes to authorize a "Michigan heritage" specialty license plate, with the premium revenue going to state and local history programs. The plate would be exempt from the start-up fees that are required for other specialty plates.

SENATE BILL 135
Authorize Humane Society specialty plate
Introduced by state Sen. John Pappageorge, R - Troy

The bill proposes to authorize a specialty license plate honoring the Michigan Humane Society, with the premium revenue going to the Humane Society for pet sterilization.

SENATE BILL 324
Authorize Ducks Unlimited fundraising plate
Introduced by state Sen. Bruce Patterson, R - Canton

The bill proposes to require the Secretary of State to develop a Ducks Unlimited fundraising license plate, with fees collected for the plate going to the Michigan Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for the protection, enhancement, and acquisition of wetlands and associated uplands in this state.

HOUSE BILL 4167
Authorize Humane Society specialty plate
Introduced by state Rep. Kimberly Meltzer, R - Clinton Township

The bill proposes to authorize a specialty license plate honoring the Michigan Humane Society, with the premium revenue going to the Humane Society for pet sterilization.

SENATE BILL 49
Produce "I Believe" license plates
Introduced by state Sen. Roger Kahn, R - Saginaw

The bill proposes to require the Secretary of State to produce "I Believe" vehicle license plates.

SENATE BILL 59
Authorize Habitat for Humanity fundraising license plate
Introduced by state Sen. Mark Jansen, R - Grand Rapids

The bill proposes to authorize a specialty license plate honoring Habitat for Humanity, with the net proceeds from its sale going to that organization for the construction of more homes.

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