Legislation to provide special vehicle plates for recipients of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Bronze Star with Valor unanimously passed Tuesday in the State Senate. The legislation, Senate Bill 468 was introduced by Senator David G. Argall and now moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration..

"I'm pleased to see this bill pass in the Senate today in an effort to honor brave men and women that have earned these distinctive honors while serving our nation," said Argall. "This legislation was suggested to me by Mayor Michael Cooper of Deer Lake, an Iraq war veteran. I am constantly reminded how many brave men and women we have selflessly serving our nation from all across Pennsylvania."

Mayor Cooper and fellow veterans suggested this legislation to Senator Argall in an effort to recognize more veterans that served in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters.

Argall's bill will amend the Vehicle Code to provide for special vehicle registration plates for recipients of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Bronze Star with Valor. Through this legislation, recipients may apply for the special license plates by paying a $20 fee in addition to the annual registration fee and by providing such documentation as required by the Department of Transportation. The registration plates may only be used on a passenger car or truck with a registered gross weight of not more than 10,000 pounds.