Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation that would establish special license plates commemorating the horse as the state animal passed the Senate Transportation Committee. The plates will help fund therapeutic riding programs for people with special needs and to support the health and well-being of horses in the state.
Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation will help fund beneficial therapeutic riding programs for people with special needs and veterans coping with PTSD and depression by creating a special license plate recognizing the horse as New Jersey’s State Animal. (SenateNJ.com)
“New Jerseyans love horses, and the special plates will recognize that affinity,” said Bateman (R-16). “Assisted riding therapy programs are deeply rewarding and beneficial for participants, both physically and emotionally. The license plates will do more than commemorate horses, they will help change lives.”
Under Bateman’s bill (S-89), the license plates will require a $50 application fee and an annual renewal of $10. No taxpayer money will be spent, and after the cost of the program is satisfied, proceeds will go to the “State Animal License Plate Fund” established by the legislation.
Therapeutic horseback riding can improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and muscle strength for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, learning disability, and traumatic injuries. Equine therapy has also been effective reducing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in veterans.
The Assembly unanimously approved a version of the legislation in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.
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