Sports fans can display their allegiance on Michigan license plates

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LANSING (WJRT) (7/2/2018) - A bill signed into law Monday allows fans of Detroit's professional sports teams to display their allegiance on Michigan license plates.

The Michigan Secretary of State's Office will begin distributing fundraising license plates for the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers next year.

Money raised by the plates will be distributed to each team's respective charity foundation.

“Michigan sports fans support their Detroit teams, and the teams in turn help support valuable services in our state through their charities,” said state Sen. Jim Stamas, a Republican from Midland who sponsored the legislation.

He pointed out the teams are very well known around Michigan, but many residents aren't aware of the important work each of their foundations engage in every year.

“From supporting young sports and wellness programs to increasing volunteerism and education, these charities are a tremendous benefit to their communities and the state," Stamas said. "These new fundraising plates will give residents a chance to support the work of these organizations while also showing off their team spirit.”

Taxpayers will not be on the hook for any cost related to the plates. Each of the foundations will pay a startup fee to the Secretary of State's Office. Motorists who buy the plates will be charged a $25 donation and $10 service fee beyond the regular cost of a license plate.

“Michigan has incredible sports teams and I’m proud our residents can now display their support while donating to a worthy cause,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.