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.”
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.