Update on Virginia AT License Plate
Received an update regarding the Virginia Appalachian Trail Specialty License Plate. The hearing date has been changed, but more importantly — in just a couple of days, they got 300 people added to their support list!!!!
Greetings again, fellow lovers of the Appalachian Trail!
Thanks so much for expressing your support for the Appalachian Trail license plate program in Virginia. I need to bring you up-to-date on recent developments:
For starters, we’ve received almost 300 emails of support for the program in just a few days. Thanks to all of you!!!!
The Transportation Committee hearing date has been changed from Thursday, January 31, 2008 to the following Thursday, February 7, 2008. We will compile all of the supporting emails into a signed “petition” which will be included in our testimony in front of the committee. We already have a sizable contingent of folks who will be attending the meeting. Due to the ambitious agenda already on the docket and the limited space in the senate room, we’ve been asked to keep the attendance limited to those folks.
Once the bill passes the Senate, we all need to be ready to act quickly and to work together. The House may well require that we have 350 pre-paid registrants before they will introduce the bill. I will keep all interested parties informed and involved in this process. Assuming that the bill makes it through both the House and the Senate, the plates will be available some time in 2009. We won’t start seeing revenue from the plates until the first 1,000 have been sold, which will likely be in 2010. Once we know that the bill has passed, ATC will follow up with all Virginia Clubs to: 1) garner their participation in selecting a final design for the plate and 2) help ATC develop a policy on how the monies raised will be distributed to worthy AT projects throughout the state on an ongoing basis.
I appreciate your help with this very exciting project. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Jack Noll, Education and Outreach Specialist, ATC Virginia Regional Office