Sen. Lynch Prata and Rep. Casimiro bill to expand eligibility for Gold Star Families license plate passes General Assembly
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) and Rep. Julie A. Casimiro’s (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) legislation (2017-S 0540A / 2017-H 5766A) that would expand the eligibility for a special license plate for Gold Star Families passed the General Assembly tonight. The bill now heads to Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s desk for consideration.
“This is a small token to honor not only our brave men and women who have committed the ultimate sacrifice in battle, but also to their family members who have lost their loved ones while they defend and fight for our country and our freedoms abroad,” said Senator Lynch Prata, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary.
“It is important that we not only recognize our brave men and women of the armed forces, but also their family members who sacrifice just as much as their fallen kin. These license plates will serve as a reminder of the true cost of freedom we enjoy in this country,” said Representative Casimiro.
The legislation expands the eligibility by making the plate available to not only the parents of deceased military members killed in action, but also to other family members who are eligible to receive a gold star lapel button, which include widows or widowers, step or adoptive parents, children or stepchildren, and siblings or half-siblings. According to the legislation, applicants will not be required to pay a service charge or a transfer charge for each plate. Only one set of plates will be issued to an eligible family member and only after satisfactory documentation of eligibility has been determined.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903