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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Trooper Island Special License Plate Available
Posted: 17-Aug-2009 8:29PM CDT
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From the Kentucky State Police:

Applications are now being accepted for a special license plate to help raise funds for Trooper Island, a free summer camp for disadvantaged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton Co. In order for the Transportation Cabinet to make this an official tag for vehicle registration in Kentucky, 900 applications must be received by September 2009. The cost is $28.00 at the time of application with an additional $16.00 due at the time of pick up. Applications can be obtained from any state police post or downloaded from the KSP web site at www.kentuckystatepolice.org [Outside Link]. Trooper Island is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. For more information, visit the KSP web site at www.kentuckystatepolice.org [Outside Link] or call the KSP Media Relations Branch at 502-695-6344.
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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Smiley Out; Bland In
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:36PM CDT

Kentucky’s oft-derided “Mr. Smiley” license plate is being replaced with a much blander plate featuring the “Unbridled Spirit” motto: Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era: Goodbye smiley face...; Fletcher frowns on state's happy plates (June 30, 2005) [Outside Link], (Covington) Kentucky Post: New state motto hitting stride (July 5, 2005) [Outside Link], WAVE 3: Unpopular License Plates Phased Out Early (July 26, 2005) [Outside Link], Ashland Daily-Independent: Governor unveils new 'Unbridled Spirit' plate (July 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: 'Unbridled Spirit' plates are unveiled; 'Smiley' licenses ride into sunset (July 20, 2005) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Smiley plate exiled early; Governor cites tag's incorrect 'panache' (July 20, 2005) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Governor Ernie Fletcher Unveils New Unbridled Spirit License Plate; Sun Sets On “Smiley Face” Plate (July 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office: Governor Ernie Fletcher unveils new Unbridled Spirit license plate (July 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Anti-Smiley Bill Passes Committee
Posted: 21-Feb-2005 5:27AM CST

A bill that would allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to replace the state’s license plate whenever it sees fit was approved by the House Transportation Committee this week. Currently law stipulates that the state’s license plates be replaced every five years. Since the current license plates featuring a smiling sun were introduced in 2003, they are currently scheduled for replacement in 2008.

More information: Associated Press: House panel votes to get rid of smiley plate (Feb. 17, 2005) [Outside Link], WKYT: "Smiley Face" Plate Could Be Phased Out (Feb. 18, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Kentucky’s Oft Derided License Plate Wins National Award
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT
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Kentucky’s “Mr. Smiley” license plate, which has been the object of much derision since its introduction last year, has received the 2003 Best License Plate Award from the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kentucky's controversial tag is rated best in nation (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link], WVIT: License Plate Club Brakes For Bluegrass State (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Bill to Hide Smiley Still Being Considered
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:04AM CST

The Courier-Journal has a story about the proposal to sell decals to hide the smiley face on the state’s license plates: Courier-Journal: State decal proposed to eclipse plate's sun (March 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

The bill is Senate Bill 57 [Outside Link].

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
A Look at the Personalized Plate Taboo List
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:33AM CST

An article in Monday.s issue of the Courier-Journal took a look at the process of how the content of personalized plate requests are reviewed: Courier-Journal: Some license plate requests judged 2 NASTY 4 KY (Feb. 16, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
State Senate Approves a
Posted: 7-Feb-2004 8:57AM CST

The state senate has approved a “Choose Life” special licence plate; however, it rejected an amendment to create a “Protect Choice” license plate. Breast cancer awareness and Kentucky Colonels license plates were also approved. The bill must be approved the state house of representatives.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: 'LIFE' PLATE OK'D, BUT NOT 'CHOICE' (Feb. 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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Several Bills Propose Replacing Smiley License Plate
Posted: 16-Jan-2004 12:03AM CST

During the first week of 2004 General Assembly, several bills were offered to replace the “Mr. Smiley” license plate. Bills range from new plate proposals to offering decals to place over the smiley face.

The Herald-Leader reporter points out that though many have obscured the smiley face on their own it is illegal to alter a license plate.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Bills offered to alter, get rid of 'Mr. Smiley' (Jan. 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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State Senator Proposes Replacing License Plate
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:50AM CST

State Senator Gary Tapp has proposed replacing the new smiling sun license plate with a plate of his own design. He has submitted a bill for consideration during the 2004 General Assembly. Tapp has a designed a replacement plate featuring the national and state flags along with the phrase "in God we trust."

More information: Shelbyville Sentinel News: Sun could set on 'Smiley' license plate (Dec. 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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Gov. Patton Defends New License Plates
Posted: 12-Jan-2003 4:22PM CST

Gov. Patton has defended the design of the new license plates by saying, "they don't put Rembrandts on the backs of cars." He also said that he personally had nothing to do with the design of the license plates, but that he does like it.

More information: Herald-Leader: Patton defends hiring and smiley-face plates (Jan. 7, 2003) [Outside Link]

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New License Plate Revealed
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:26AM CST

The design of Kentucky's new license plate has been revealed. The new plates will begin being distributed in January. By state law, Kentucky releases new license plates every five years.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link], Governor Unveils New Kentucky License Plate [Outside Link]

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