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Solorio urges purchase of Pet Lover’s license plates so pets can get fixed

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Governor Brown Signs Solorio Bill to Save Pet Lover’s Specialty License Plate from Extinction

AB 610 will allow more time to collect pre-orders

Sacramento – State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) released this statement today after receiving news that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed AB 610, Solorio legislation that could ultimately provide a large scale, permanent funding source for spay and neuter programs. AB 610 extends the time the Pet Lover’s License Plate has to gather pre-orders.

Current law states that in order to get a DMV specialty license plate into production, 7,500 of them must be pre-ordered. Despite an effort that produced more than 4,500 pre-orders, the California Veterinary Medical Board sponsored, Pet Lover’s License plate was dangerously close to running out of time to acquire the needed pre-orders. AB 610 extends the time by one year that the Pet Lover’s License plate has to acquire them.

“By signing AB 610, the Governor acknowledged that the possibility to generate a significant, private-funding source allocated to local animal shelters throughout California overrides an arbitrary cutoff time to gather pre-orders for the Pet Lover’s License Plate. California spends more than $290 million dollars each year to house and euthanize one million homeless dogs and cats. Obviously, if more free and low-cost spay/neuter programs are available, shelter populations and euthanizing procedures would decrease, and the state saves money.

I want to encourage car owners throughout the state to step up for animals and buy a Pet Lover’s License Plate. The sooner those pre-orders are collected and the Department of Motor Vehicles can get those plates on the road, the sooner city and county animal shelters will reap the benefits.”

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State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee and also serves on the Assembly Appropriations and Transportation committees. He represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. For more information about Assemblyman Solorio, visit www.assembly.ca.gov/solorio.

 
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