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California might issue vintage-style license plates under new bill

It's not a big thing, but it's important to a lot of people.

Mike Gatto, a Democratic Assemblyman from LA, announced today that the Assembly Transportation Committee passed CA Assembly Bill (AB) 1658. That's the California Legacy License Plate Program, his bill that would let drivers pick a vintage-style California license plate from the three styles above.

In a news release Gatto says, “Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn’t often do much for automobile enthusiasts. This is an easy way for the state to make life a little more enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design.”

There's only one hitch, and it's not the chrome knob beneath the license plate. It's that the state has to receive at least 7,500 paid applications for the plates before it'll start issuing them.

Gatto would not comment on whether having the appropriate plate on my 1980 Mercedes would make it run better. I figure it can't hurt.