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Bill Would End Calif. Lawmakers’ Discounted Vanity Plates

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Assembly has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that ends discounted vanity license plates for current and retired lawmakers.

The Assembly unanimously approved AB2068 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino on Wednesday.

Currently, members of the state Legislature and California’s congressional delegation can get personalized license plates for $12. The fee for the general public is $48.

The lawmakers also do not have to pay annual registration fees.

Portantino’s bill would make lawmakers pay the same amount as the public for personalized plates and adds a $38 annual renewal fee.

The state estimates the fees will generate less than $30,000 a year. Portantino, of La Canada-Flintridge, says it’s important to end special treatment for lawmakers.

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