On March 10, 2015 the Transportation Committee voted to approve S.B. 84 and referred it to the Senate. On March 17, 2015 the Senate voted 26-11 in favor of the bill. The bill is now pending in the House Transportation Committee. S.B. 84 was introduced on February 5, 2015 and referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation. A hearing was held on February 26, 2015, but a vote was not taken. H. B. 4140 was also introduced on February 5, 2015, and is identical to S.B. 84.
S.B. 84 and H.B. 4140 create the Choose Life Michigan fund within the Michigan Treasury where funds from the sale of specialty "Choose Life" license plates will be deposited. Funds generated by the sale of “Choose Life” plates in Michigan will be directed to the Choose Life Michigan fund. The board of the nonprofit prolife committee, Choose Life Michigan, will then disperse the money to organizations that submit grant proposals for specific abortion prevention projects. The bill stipulates that the funds will be used to promote alternatives to abortion, including adoption, provide practical support to pregnant women, and conduct outreach to at-risk populations regarding positive pregnancy options.
Twenty-nine other states offer "Choose Life" specialty plates. Over $12 million dollars has been raised nationwide from the Choose Life plates to aid in life affirming alternatives to abortion. Michigan is the only state along the I-75 corridor that doesn't have a Choose Life plate, and it has been one of the most requested items by our members. While Governor Snyder claimed he wasn't going to sign any specialty plate legislation, he has signed three bills into law during his tenure - Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Awareness, Ducks Unlimited, and Boy Scouts.
Various forms of this legislation have been introduced in the past. S.B. 84 and H.B. 4140 are other attempts to create a "Choose Life" license plate in the state of Michigan.