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Autism license tag makes it into budget

by 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.

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4 Responses to “Autism license tag makes it into budget”

  1. Maria Stevens Says:

    Why not an autism tag? At least the proceeds will go toward research for this disorder that is affecting so many of our children. In my opinion, this is far better than the highly biased “Jesus Saves” tag that is being proposed. Why not tags for research for other diseases as well? At least I would feel that my money was being well spent.

  2. Chuck Sheehan Says:

    I agree with Maria: WHY on earth consider a “jesus license plate” — but NOT one that will aid and help in research for AUTISM ..???

    Aren’t the legislator’s priorities a little “BACKWARD” there …???

    If there was a jesus —do you think he’d rather have a tag for himself, or one helping children with AUTISM ….?

  3. DESIREE Says:

    I think it’s a wonderful step towards autism.It should help in the research and the family’s of children with autism. People have no clue what it’s like to have a child with this condition. My nephew died of sudep he was 7 he had severe autism.The rehabilitation and programs are not enough we need more research and the fundings to find out the mystery of this disorder. And why this happends…

  4. Mike W Says:

    On behalf of all other parents with Autistic children, I would like to say “thank you” to the FL legislature for helping fund research for this terrible disorder.

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