Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

License Plates Offer ‘Choose Life’ Message

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

License Plates Offer ‘Choose Life’ Message

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Topekan Barbara Saldivar, state director of Concerned Women for America, launched an effort in 2002 for the state to offer "Choose Life" specialty license plates for Kansas residents, but it took 16 years for her to see success.

In 2018, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that gave the green light for Choose Life license plates — along with several others — to be offered to Kansas residents.

The bill was signed into law by then-Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Saldivar, who also is the founder and director of Christians for Life, credited state Rep. Trevor Jacobs, R-Fort Scott, with restarting the Choose Life license plate initiative.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Rep. Jacobs," Saldivar said recently, while seated with Jacobs and several other license plate supporters at the McDonald's restaurant in downtown Topeka. "One of his constituents approached him and wanted to know if there was a Choose Life license plate in Kansas."

Jacobs pursued the matter and included the Choose Life license plate in a bill that included other specialty plates, including ones that highlighted Special Olympics, a veterans organization and the city of Wichita.

House Bill 2599 says revenue from the city of Wichita and Special Olympics plates will benefit the organizations that named them.

Because the veterans and Choose Life plates weren’t sponsored by any organization, revenue from their sales will be deposited into the Kansas Highway Fund. The Choose Life plates will cost $40.

Though some lawmakers expressed concern about the Choose Life plates, Colyer signed the bill into law.

"If it hadn't been passed last year, it probably wouldn't have passed this year," Saldivar said, noting the change in gubernatorial administrations following the 2018 elections. "So it was God's perfect timing that Rep. Jacobs took it and went with it."

Jacobs called the passage of the bill including the Choose Life license plates a "God thing. …

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