A group of supporters will be holding a rally at the Annapolis Mall (Annapolis, Maryland) to show support for Maryland veterans. Everyone is invited to attend from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, January 14.
Those hosting the rally will be sharing information about House Bill 51 (HB51) which has been introduced in the 2013 Maryland General Assembly. The legislature opened its doors on Wednesday, January 9 and already hot topic issues are gathering momentum.
HB51 will provide the means to produce a vehicle license plate for purchase by the general public which will honor Maryland's veterans. Proceeds from the sale of the plates will go to the Veteran's Trust Fund. Selling these plates to the general public will generate millions of dollars at no expense to the tax payer. "Vet Plates" will not require the purchaser to be a member of the military in any capacity.
Opposition to the bill seems to be from the environmental committee leadership who fear competition with the already existing Bay Plates that generate dollars for the Chesapeake Bay and the Ag Plate which supports the agricultural concerns within the state. However, those proposing and supporting the Vet Plates do not feel they have the same target audience. It is not believed that people who already have a Bay Plate will not continue to renew and use that license plate -- supporting that environmental cause.
No RSVP is required. However, anyone who plans to go to the rally is asked to let the organizers know so they can plan for appropriate space. All supporters are also asked to help spread the word by telling all your family, friends and anyone you know who might be interested or know someone who is interested.
Those planning to attend the rally can contact Delegate Michael Smigiel, Delegate 36th District of Maryland General Assembly, on his facebook page. Or, call his office at 410-841-3555 or 301-858-3555. His email address is email@example.com
Thanks to all who support the U.S. military veterans.