Rep. Michelle Ugenti Sponsors Bill Honoring Pat Tillman

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Representative Michelle Ugenti is sponsoring the Pat Tillman legacy bill that creates a license plate honoring Pat Tillman. She has secured bill number HB2042 to honor Tillman, who wore #42 as a linebacker for Arizona State. Proceeds of the sales of the plates will benefit military service members and their families

“This piece of legislation is personally important to me because of my family’s close relationship with the Tillman family,” Representative Michelle Ugenti said. “My husband, Frank, grew up with the Tillman family in San Jose and is cousins with Marie Tillman, Pat’s widow.”

HB2042 has an emergency clause. If two thirds of the Legislature in both the House and the Senate support the bill and the Governor signs it, the bill will go into effect immediately and in time for the next annual Pat’s Run on April 21, 2012.

“Together with the Pat Tillman Foundation I am proud to introduce the Pat Tillman Legacy Plate,” Ugenti said. “This bill will allow for the sale of a ‘Pat Tillman Foundation’ Arizona license plate. Proceeds from the sales of the plates will benefit military service members and their families.”

“Having known Pat was a great honor and I will always remember his passion for conversation and how he would engage you in debate as often as possible,” Ugenti said. “We would talk politics, religion, social issues, sports…the topics were endless. And when we ran out of topics there was always Trivial Pursuit, his favorite game.”

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  1. Between this and Casey Anthony-inspired law, you can see that she is clearly dropping legislation with an eye on her next election. “Hmmm, what sounds popular today? Let’s do that!”

    Enough with the special license plates in AZ already! Multiple license plates were created by the Legislature. Then there was so much confusion by law enforcement, that the Legislature had to pass a law that banned license plate frames if they obstructed any part of the state name on the plate itself. So the same idiots created a problem that didn’t exist and then created a solution that should never have been implemented in the first place. Genius.

    I respect and admire Pat Tillman and his legacy, but there are plenty of great ways to contribute to the Foundation without adding another license plate to the mix.

  2. Ugly Facts says

    Emergency Clause. Nice abuse of power. For a worthy cause, of course.

  3. Another freaking license plate! Way to go!

  4. I prefer foundations that help privately and in ways like college scholarships for children who lost parents while in service to our nation.

    It is Biblical to “aid the widow and the orphan in their affliction.” The way Tillman rose to serve, and gave up so much willingly, one suspects that would be more in the kind of spirit he lived than another license plate.

    A vanity license plate no matter the “cause” only adds extra money in increased fees to the public till.

    • I don’t think your last sentence is accurate. My understanding is that some third party has to put up the design and production costs of the new plates. In this case it would be the Tillman Foundation. I think the up-front money they need to raise is $20,000. The marginal increase in the fees then gets taken off the top and sent to the beneficiary. For the state, I think these things are supposed to be a net-zero impact, over the cost/revenue of issuing regular plates.

      • I don’t know the details, just that vanity plates do cost noticeably more and the state always manages to get a cut … “administrative fees”

        That’s another consideration, just how many plates do they think they’ll actually sell? Will it even cover the $20,000 you mentioned?
        After all, it’s a state plate, not a national one and there are a lot of competing vanity plates in AZ. A lot. Is it safe to say that the majority of vehicle owners opt for generic anyway, so the market is a minority of new plate customers?

        Just some thoughts about the practicality of this.

        • Depending on the plate, I have heard some barely cover this cost in the first year, while others make tons of money. The sports teams ones are especially popular. I have never heard of one losing money though, which is why we keep getting more and more plates. It’s obviously a cash cow for the recipients.

          • Ah. Okay.
            I noticed on a re-read, proceeds are to go to hep military families, as a reader, it would have helped to explain exactly how.

  5. While I appreciate the sacrifice Tillman made for his country, what the hell does this have to do with anything political? Please tell Udenti to stop placing her filler legislation on this blog- she’ll start encouraging everyone to post their legislative bills about fluff

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