COLUMBUS – State Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) today announced Governor DeWine has recently signed into law legislation that will help increase awareness about prostate cancer and pre-emptive screenings for the disease.
The measure, part of Senate Bill 163, creates the “Zero” license plate to raise awareness and urge men to participate in prostate cancer preventative efforts. Zero is a national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer by advancing research, improving the lives of men and families, and inspiring action.
Under the bill, motorists are allowed to voluntarily purchase a specialty license for Zero through the Ohio Registrar’s office. The cost of each specialized plate is $35, of which $25 goes directly to Zero.
“This license plate is a simple, yet effective way to inform Ohioans about prostate cancer and encourage screenings,” said Lipps. “I’m proud Ohio has taken a step forward to support organizations like Zero that work to provide male Ohioans with the tools and information needed to protect their health.”
According to Zero, one in nine American men will have prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among American men and is the most commonly diagnosed.
Lipps originally introduced the legislation as House Bill 107. The bill was amended into S.B. 163 during House Transportation and Public Safety Committee to include other license plates for a variety of causes.
Governor DeWine signed the bill on October 22, 2020.