Specialty License Plates On Hold

June 26, 2003 - Posted at 3:17 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas specialty license plates that promote adoption as an option for pregnant women are months away from being available.

The Legislature approved the plates during the regular session, and Governor Huckabee signed the bill. The law becomes effective July 16 -- 90 days after the end of the session. But the specialty tags have not yet gone into production.

Officials say the company that makes Arkansas' license tags must first produce a sample plate for approval. Then, the anti-abortion group that initially advocated the tags -- Arkansas Right to Life -- must pay an initial cost of $6,000 to produce the first one-thousand plates.

Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, says she hopes the plates will be available by the fall. The tags will cost vehicle owners $35 in addition to regular registration fees.

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