Harrisburg – March 19, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s proposal that would create a hunting heritage license plate was amended into legislation that cleared the Senate unanimously and is now under consideration in the House of Representatives.

“I am pleased that provisions of my legislation were included in this bill,” Brewster (D-Allegheny) said. “This puts a license plate for hunters one step closer to reality.”

Brewster introduced legislation to create the hunter heritage license plate as Senate Bill 773. His bill would require a $35 fee for the plate, in addition to the annual registration, with $15 of the fee dedicated to the Pennsylvania Hunting Heritage Fund.

The fund supports nonprofit groups that promote ecosystem conservation and charitable donations of game taken by hunters.

The language in Brewster’s bill was amended into related legislation (Senate Bill 1187) that would establish a license plate for recipients of the Combat Infantry Badge. Brewster’s original bill was reported from the Senate Transportation Committee last June, but progress has been stalled following its referral to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Hunters should be able to have a license plate that acknowledges Pennsylvania’s heritage of hunting,” Brewster said. “The plate is an excellent way to support the more than one million hunters in Pennsylvania.”

Under the proposal, the Game Commission would work with PennDOT on the design of the plate.