State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Public Safety in support of House Bill 287.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anielski, would establish a license plate that would be designed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and offered through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The plates would cost an additional $40 above the normal fees for the re-issue of license plates. Of that money, $30 would be placed into the “Post-Traumatic Stress License Plate Contribution Fund,” which would be created by the bill.

The monies in the fund would be distributed by the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or their designee, in the form of grants to non-profit organizations that assist Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) victims in their recovery. The Director is required to approve the non-profit organizations that will receive grants and the amounts paid to each non-profit organization.

“Post-Traumatic Stress is characterized by the failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event,” said Rep. Anielski. “The sale of the license plate, and the issuance of the funds collected from it, will create a pool of monies independent of state funding, which can be utilized to help some of our citizens recover.”

House Bill 288 was voted unanimously out of committee and now moves to the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives for consideration. 

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