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5/18/2017 Sen. Lynch Prata’s Gaspee license plate bill passes Senate
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) legislation (2017-S 0363A) to create a special fundraising license plate to benefit the Gaspee Days Committee passed the Senate last night.

“This plate will be a tribute to a great event and a great organization,” said Senator Lynch Prata. “The committee has worked very diligently to celebrate and educate Rhode Islanders about this seminal moment in state and American history.”

Gaspee Days commemorates the burning of a British vessel — the HMS Gaspee — that was torched by colonial freedom-fighters in 1772, in what was one of the earliest events in the young country’s fight for independence.

The Gaspee Days Committee is a civic-minded nonprofit organization that operates many community events in and around Pawtuxet Village, including the famous Gaspee Days Parade each June. The committee would be responsible for coming up with a design in cooperation with the Division of Motor Vehicles and the approval of the State Police.

As with other specialty plates, the Gaspee Days plate would include a $40 issuance surcharge for those individuals ordering them, with $20 of that going to the Gaspee Days Committee and the other $20 going to the state’s general fund. A $10 surcharge for annual renewal of the plates would go directly to the foundation.

A minimum pre-paid order of 900 sets of plates would be required before the Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing them.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration where Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has sponsored companion legislation (2017-H 5424).

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903