Governor signs law for new specialty plate

Posted May 05, 2009, at 9:25 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci has signed a law that creates a new specialty license plate to benefit the state’s Animal Welfare Program.

The plate features colorful silhouettes of a horse, dog, cat, rabbit and bird, with the words “respect, love, adopt” imprinted in a gold-colored strip along the bottom. The plates will be available Oct. 1.

Drivers will pay $20 for the plate the first year and $15 annually after that. Of that fee, $5 will go to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with the rest going to the state’s Animal Welfare Program to help fund animal abuse investigations and a low-cost spay and neuter program.

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