Autism license tag makes it into budgetby Dara Kam | May 5th, 2009
A new license plate that lawmakers failed to approve made it into the state budget today despite the leaders’ prior promise not to add items that hadn’t been passed during the regular session.
Proceeds from the Autism tag will go toward research for the disorder.
The House included the new item in a conforming bill that first appeared at an 11 a.m. conference meeting. Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander signed off on it.
House budget co-chief David Rivera offered the following explanation for the last-minute addition.
“The Speaker of the House was very reluctant to reopen the entire issue of license plate ideas,” Rivera, R-Miami, began. “The only reason that the Speaker was willing to look at the autism license plate again was because this item had a direct nexus to what is going on with the budget.”
Proceeds from the tag will go to offset some of the $600,000 in cuts to autism research, Rivera said.