St. Onge's Gold Star Sibling License Plate Bill Heads to Senate
A bill to create a Gold Star Siblings special license plate for Kentuckians whose brother or sister died in active U.S. military service passed the state House yesterday.
House Bill 209, sponsored by Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-Lakeside Park) and Rep. Tanya Pullin (D-South Shore) advanced on a vote of 94-0. It is now before the Senate for consideration.
“(This) allows siblings who have lost their loved ones in active service in the military, in the service of this country, to honor them with a Gold Star Siblings license plate much the same as a Gold Star Spouse, Gold Star Mother, Gold Star Father license plate” which are already available in Kentucky, said St. Onge.
The initial fee for a Gold Star Siblings license plate would be $25 and the renewal fee would be $20, with $10 of the initial fee and $5 of the renewal fee dedicated to the state’s Veterans’ Program Trust Fund, according to HB 209. Proof of eligibility for the plate would be determined by the state Transportation Cabinet regulation.
HB 209 would take effect Jan. 1, 2016 should it become law.
Rep. Diane St. Onge represents the 63rd House District which includes Kenton and Boone counties.
From the Legislative Research Commission
Photo: Diane St. Onge (via LRC Public Information)