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Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

Oregon Wine Country license plate heads to governor

SALEM, Ore. —  The bill to create a Oregon Wine Country license plate passed the Oregon House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 48-11 after sailing through the Senate (28-2).

Senate Bill 442 now only requires the signature of Gov. John Kitzhaber. Vehicle owners would pay an additional $30 for the new plate. Proceeds go to the Oregon Tourism Commission, which will administer the funds to benefit Oregon wine and culinary tourism throughout the state.

According to Charles Humble of the Oregon Wine Board, the final design must be approved by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. Here is a mock-up of the plate used during the legislative process.