COLUMBUS—State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that the Ohio House accepted the conference report for Senate Bill (SB) 163, legislation creating the Purple Heart and International Symbol of Access license plate. The bill now moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.  


Currently, veterans can apply for a license plate with the Purple Heart symbol, but it cannot also have the International Symbol of Access printed on it as well. This legislation would allow both to be printed on the same plate.


I am proud that those who were wounded in the course of serving and protecting our country will now be able to display this on their license plate, along with the global icon of accessibilitysaid Rep Lepore-Hagan.


The provision was included in SB 163 as an omnibus amendment with several other license plate creation proposals.


Also included in SB 163 was an amendment to fix a measure created through last year’s Transportation Budget that reduces local government fund distributions to local governments that collect traffic camera fines. The Tax Department’s interpretation of this law resulted in other subdivisions in the same county as a subdivision collecting traffic camera fines to consequently have their local government funds distributions reduced as well.


“Local government funds have been cut since 2011. Our communities simply cannot afford to suffer these cuts and provide the services we crucially need. As  our local governments continue to step up to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, this amendment is more important than ever to  ensure our local governments receive the funds they deserve,” added Rep. Lepore-Hagan.


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