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Can a brotha get a license plate?



Because putting Jesus on a license plate isn't discussion enough, now comes an amendment to SB 642 filed Monday by Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson of Tallahassee for a "Can a Brotha Get a Break" plate.

Lawson wants the state to develop said plate, with Lawson's image prominently displayed, to benefit the State Employees Relief Fund "for the purpose of offsetting salary and benefit cuts by the Legislature and providing grief counseling."

Lawson has been on a tear against a proposed pay cut for state workers. Earlier in the day, flanked by pastors, state workers and fellow Democratic lawmakers, Lawson held a press conference to urge Gov. Charlie Crist to veto any budget that includes the pay cut as is proposed in the Republican-led House and Senate.

SB 642 has not been taken up today in the Senate as expected, but the House version (without the controversial Jesus plate or "I Believe" plate) just passed 88-29.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:56pm]


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