A bill to allow a special license plate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. to raise money for education and training in human rights may not sound controversial. But it created some Tuesday, when a few lawmakers worried that it may help promote abortion or other actions they dislike.
The House Transportation Committee still approved HB506 by Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, on a 7-3 vote, and sent it to the full House. But not before a few lawmakers questioned if the "rights" it would help promote include abortion or government-funded welfare programs.
The bill would allow sale of the special license plates to people who agree to make a $35 year donation to a special Martin Luther King account. Chavez-Houck said money would go mainly for scholarships and internships, but the bill said it would go to help promote human rights.