Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation that would create “Protect Pollinator” license plates to express support for New Jersey’s native pollinators has passed the State Senate.
Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation that would create “Protect Pollinator” license plates to express support for native pollinators has passed the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)
“New Jersey would not be the Garden State without the help it gets from its native pollinators,” said Bateman (R-16). “From the gardens we grow to the produce we purchase at a local farmer’s market, many of our fruits, vegetables, and flowers rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies. The license plates will ensure our ‘Jersey Fresh’ plants and crops grow strong for generations.”
Bateman’s legislation, S-92, would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to create “Protect Pollinator” license plates, featuring a design and slogan that expresses support for New Jersey’s native pollinator animals.
Applicants for the license plate would be required to pay an initial fee of $50 and a subsequent $10 fee to renew the license plates.
The bill would also establish a special fund called the “Protect Pollinators License Plate Fund” in the Department of the Treasury. Any monies from application fees that are not used to administer the license plate program would be deposited in this fund and annually appropriated to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and to the “Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program.”
Pollinators, including bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, and others, are responsible for reproduction in 90 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including food crops, by spreading pollen from flower to flower.
“The idea for this legislation was brought to my attention by a constituent who is a dedicated gardener,” added Bateman. “With a third of crops grown in New Jersey dependent on pollinators for reproduction, the creation of these plates will help the Garden State flourish.”
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