Fla. could get cross and Jesus license plates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A license plate with the image of Jesus
and another with a cross would be available to Florida motorists if
lawmakers pass a bill now in the Legislature.

Senate lawmakers amended a bill on Friday to add the two plates and others.

The cross license plate was proposed last year but did not appear in a bill sent to the governor.

If it had passed last year, the plate would have been the first in the nation to prominently feature a religious symbol.

South Carolina lawmakers approved an identical plate last year, but a federal judge ruled in December that the state had to stop production while a lawsuit challenging the plate's constitutionality goes forward.

Lawmakers could vote on the amended bill (SB 642) as early as Monday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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