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House, in 30-32 vote, kills 'Too Great for Hate' specialty license plate
- Posted by Betsy <https://www.idahopress.com/users/profile/brussell>
- Mar 19, 2020 Updated 43 min ago
In a stunning apparent last vote for the Idaho House this year, the
House has voted 30-32 on SB 1297, Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb's bill to create
a specialty license plate with the slogan "Too Great for Hate" to benefit
the Wassmuth Center's Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. There was no
debate against the bill before the vote; after it, the House immediately
went at ease for a closed-door GOP caucus.
In his opening debate in favor of the bill, Rep. John McCrostie,
D-Boise, said, "The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial sends a powerful
message across our state ... that Idaho is too great for hate." It serves
as a living classroom for Idaho schoolchildren, he noted. "It is the only
Anne Frank memorial in the United States." Located next to the Boise River
and the public library, the memorial is festooned with quotes from human
rights leaders around the world.
Everyone can visit the memorial and see themselves in the quotes, in
their wisdom and humanity," McCrostie said. "The funds ... from this
license plate will sustain and expand educational programs at the Idaho
Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial."
The House earlier passed legislation to cut off new specialty license
plates, but that exempts all those approved before July 1 that sell at
least a certain number each year. McCrostie said thousands of members of
the Wassmuth Center want to buy the plates, and "this plate is anticipated
to remain solidly over the threshold."
Earlier in the session, the House enthusiastically approved a new
"Choose Life" specialty license plate.
McCrostie recalled that as a child growing up in Mountain Home, he
remembered passing a sign on the freeway whenever his family drove to Boise
that said, "Idaho is too great for hate." "As a child, I didn't know the
history of the Aryan Nations, but I always remembered that slogan," he
said. "This is a positive message that is symbolic, it is inspirational,
and it is aspirational."
"The 'Too Great for Hate' license plate stands as a testament to the
Idaho that we love, serve, and that we've chosen for our homes."
Buckner-Webb is the Idaho Legislature's only African-American member. As
the House was voting down her bill, the Senate was paying tribute to her
other retiring senators for their service and accomplishments.
A comparison of the House votes for the "Choose Life" license plate,
which passed on a 55-12 party-line vote with three members absent, shows
all but one of those voting "no" on the "Too Great for Hate" plate voted
"yes" on the "Choose Life" plate -- so it's not just about opposition to
all specialty license plates. The one member who was absent for the "Choose
Life" vote but voted "no" today was Rep. Randy Armstrong.
After the House GOP emerged from its closed-door caucus, no further
action was taken on SB 1297, such as a motion for reconsideration -- which
would have had to come from someone who voted on the prevailing side.
Instead, the bill was returned to the Senate, where Senate President
Pro-Tem Brent Hill received it and ordered it to be filed.
Moscow Idaho USA
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