The Virginia Senate Transportation committee Thursday approved a handful of new specialty license plates, including a Tea Party-themed slogan “DONT TREAD ON ME.”
The Friends of the James River Park license plate bill (incorporated into Tea Party bill) passed the Senate transportation committee yesterday and is heading to the full Senate for the last vote. From the legislature website:
Special license plates. Authorize the issuance of special license plates (i) bearing the legend: “DONT TREAD ON ME,” (ii) bearing the national motto: “In God We Trust,” (iii) for members and supporters of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc., and (iv) for supporters of the James River Park System. This bill incorporates HB 1408,HB 1502, and HB 2414.
Haven’t ordered your plate yet? FOJRP needs more people to sign up — 350 was to get in at the General Assembly, but 1,000 is the key with DMV to get money so order yours today!
The James River Park license plates having moved on at the General Assembly, but the group still needs more people to sign up — 350 was to get in at the GA, but 1,000 is the key with DMV to get money, according to the Friends of James River Park:
Several Friends were at the General Assembly building bright and early last week to see our bill, 2414, rolled into a larger license plate bill, HB 1418 and approved by the transportation sub-committee. The full House approved that bill 99-0 on February 8th and now it is over at the Senate’s transportation committee. All is as it should be. We were able to thank Delegate McQuinn in person for her work on our license plate bill.
If you haven’t sent in your form yet, we are still accepting completed applications. (Remember, we need to hit 1001 on the road before it becomes a revenue stream for FOJRP.) Just $25 to show your pride in one of the best places in Richmond. Please send in your application now and help spread the word to park-lovers around town.
You can get all the information and the application and pay by check or with PayPal at www.jamesriverpark.org. We really appreciate your help (and patience) in making this plate a reality.
The James River License plate effort exceeded the 350 application barrier in time for consideration from the Virginia General Assembly. If you’re into tracking legislation, the license plate bill is HB 2414, sponsored by Del. Delores McQuinn (70th District) and Del. Betsy Carr (69th District). From McQuinn to the Friends of the James River Park:
The bill for the James River License Plate is scheduled to come up next Tuesday morning, February 1, at 7:30 a.m. in Subcommittee #3 of the House Transportation Committee, which meets in the 7th West Conference Room. I would appreciate your attendance and anyone else interested.
Earlier this month, the FOJRP announced in a newsletter:
Del. McQuinn will introduce the bill to make the plates official, the General Assembly had better approve it, DMV will make them, and we will wear them with pride. The swelling of community pride that we’ve seen from so many quarters has also been awe-inspiring. This park strikes a chord with people, as you well know. Folks who have never heard of FOJRP want to be connected to the JRPS, contribute to it, and show their pride in it. Our job is to take that connection and turn it into events and projects that help people contribute, so that we can build on Ralph’s, Nathan’s, Peter’s, and the rest of the staff’s hard work and dedication.
The effort to create a James River Park specialty license plate has now been promoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch with an article from southside resident Michael Martz. He spoke with Maureen Egan, president of the Friends of the James River Park:
Egan wants to drive the park system’s reputation to a broader audience with a specialty license plate celebrating the splendors of a natural gem for the city and beyond.
“We don’t give enough credit to what we have here,” said Egan, who moved to Stratford Hills with her husband 18 years ago and turned down an opportunity elsewhere to stay. “We don’t promote ourselves.”
Egan is president of Friends of the James River Park, which is closing in on the minimum 350 pre-ordered license plates necessary for the General Assembly to approve the specialty plate at its upcoming session, which begins in January.
The Friends had 240 applications Thursday, with an eye toward a mid-January deadline for Del. Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, to introduce a bill to authorize the plate.
Go to http://www.jamesriverpark.org for more information and license plate applications. You can pay via PayPal and fax or send in your application to Friends of James River Park or just write a check to FOJRP for $25 or $35 and send in your application to P.O. 4453 Richmond VA 23220.
River lovers unite! Show the Virginia General Assembly that you support the James River Park System by pre-ordering a park license plate. Help us get 200 applications by November 30. It costs just $25 ($35 for a vanity). Tell your friends! Download the application (PDF, 600kb) and complete information.
The largest and most unique park in Richmond is the James River Park System. It includes over 550 acres of shoreline and islands in the heart of the city. The Park encompasses most of the fall line of the James with rocks, rapids, meadows and forests making for an area of unspoiled natural beauty – “a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city.” The Park offers some of our country’s best opportunities for whitewater and flat-water canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, jogging, sunbathing, wildlife exploration, historical study and much more. Richmond’s downtown master plan refers to the James River Park as our “great, wet Central Park.”
Now you can show your love of the James River Park System and be among the first in Richmond to own a James River Park System license plate! These unique plates are available for pre-orders NOW and, pending the 2011 General Assembly approval should be delivered to you by June 2011. In order to pass the first hurdle we must collect 350 applications with payments before the General Assembly begins its 2011 session.
This special license plate is being developed and implemented by the Friends of The James River Park organization. Although FOJRP is administering the program, the specialty plate is for the James River Park System, not the FOJRP or any other individual organization. The purpose of the specialty plate is two-fold: for citizens to proudly display their love of the Park and to generate significant revenue that will be used to preserve, protect, nurture and enhance the enjoyment of the Park’s natural and historic environments for all citizens.
Tomorrow, Oct. 9, and Oct. 30 the Friends of James River Park will have a booth at the South of the James Farmers’ Market in Forest Hill Park from 8 a.m. till noon with JRPS Virginia license plate applications and information available. Anyone who signs up for a license plate at the market gets a FREE membership to FOJRP! We’re continuing our drive to get a James River Park System license plate approved by the General Assembly this January. We have nearly 150 completed applications, but need to gather approximately 200 more by January for the measure to be voted on and approved so that the lovely license plates can be on our vehicles by next spring.
To get your application, simply go to our web site www.jamesriverpark.org and click on the license plate application on our home page. It’s an easy process and will cost you only $25 for a standard plate, $35 for a vanity plate.