- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Booster clubs from two out-of-state universities could soon get money from Florida thanks to a specialty license plate bill that passed the House.

The Florida House on Wednesday approved the measure (HB 1375) on a 116-1 vote, hoping to reform the program that sells specialty license plates and gives some of the extra fees to sponsoring organizations, typically charities. Bill sponsor Rep. James Grant said he hoped to fix “inefficiencies.”

The bill authorizes 22 new license plates including ones for University of Georgia and Auburn University, which is Grant’s alma mater. The measure also would discontinue plates that sell fewer than 1,000 a year, and cap the total of specialty plates at 125.

Some groups expressed concern that the two university plates will mean less money going to Florida charities.

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