A bill that would establish a license plate to help families of Arizona public service officers killed or hurt in the line of duty is one step closer to reality.
The Arizona House of Representatives passed House Bill 2582 that would create a first responder special license plate and fund for groups such as the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit that helps families of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix, and passed the House 50-7. It now goes to the Arizona Senate for its consideration.
"These license plates will honor the memory of those first responders who have been killed in our state and will show gratitude to those who have been injured," Miranda said in a news release Tuesday.
"This month, two of our law enforcement officers were involved in a shootout. Tragically, Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs lost his life and Detective Albert J. Casados was injured," she said.
"This plate and fund would create another opportunity for people to show their support and their appreciation," she said.
The state would recover the costs of establishing the special plate, and then the proceeds from sales of the plates would go to organizations to provide immediate financial assistance, emotional support, peer training and professional referral services to families of those badly injured or killed in the line of duty, Miranda said.
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