- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t seeking to have the Confederate battle flag stripped from a Louisiana-issued license plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

While governors in some Southern states are suggesting redesigns or an outright end to the issuance of similar specialty plates, Jindal didn’t join them Tuesday.

The Republican governor, expected to announce his presidential bid Wednesday, said in a statement: “Certainly it’s possible that the Legislature will look at this issue next time they are in session. But the bottom line is that states need to decide these issues.”

Louisiana has issued 160 specialty plates with the Confederate battle flag, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Calls for removing the flag from license plates come after the mass shootings at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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