A requirement that all of Georgia's license plates read "In God We Trust" and a mandate requiring the state to drug-test parents who apply for federal financial assistance were among bills filed Tuesday, the first day state lawmakers could submit proposed laws and resolutions in advance of next year's legislative session.
Georgia Department of Revenue Linda Sosebee's bucolic image of rolling fields framed with peaches won a design contest for Georgia's newest license tag. Currently car owners can chose to buy "In God We Trust" stickers for their plates.
Separately, the call to a higher power -- at least among vehicle owners -- follows a kerfuffle last spring. The state was forced to re-do a public contest to pick a new license plate design after the Revenue Department's website showed entries with the "In God We Trust" motto, without making clear it was not a permanent part of each design.
Motorists can already purchase a sticker with the motto for $1. The sticker can be placed over the usual county name decal Georgia license plates currently sport. Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, filed the proposal to reverse that order. He proposed the motto would be the default on any license plates manufactured after July 1 but motorists could buy a county decal sticker to cover it if they wanted.
The session is set to start at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9. It typically ends by early to mid-April.
Do you think that Georgia needs a mandate that all license plates be pre-printed with "In God We Trust?" Currently, Georgia motorists have the option of purchasing a decal that says "In God We Trust" but under the new law, all licenses will be pre-printed with the "In God We Trust" logo, and then motorists will have the option of purchasing a decal to cover it. Do you think that it is more useful to have IGWT or the name of the county where the car is registered on the plate (useful to people who need to identify the cars, such as witnesses at a crime, or the police?) Which do you think would be a bigger money maker for the state - selling IGWT stickers or county stickers? Basically, what do you think is the reasoning behind the proposed change?