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Boston Strong License Plates

On Friday, April 18th, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill to create “Boston Strong” license plates. After a signing ceremony in the State House with the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Angelo Puppolo of Springfield, Registrar Celia Blue and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Patrick said he “enthusiastically” signed the bill, which cleared the House and Senate unanimously.

The proceeds from sales of the license plates will be donated to the One Fund for victims of the marathon bombings. “It’s a marvelous gesture to acknowledge what we all went through, both those who were affected directly and all the rest of us who were affected indirectly and the celebration of Boston Strong, which I believe is an incredible statement of community and the strength of this community and the most enduring lesson to come out of that experience a year ago,” Patrick said. Transportation Secretary Richard Davey expects the plates to be available in the late summer or early fall after MassDOT works with the One Fund to design the image.

“The Boston Strong license plate will give the citizens of the Commonwealth the opportunity to contribute additional financial support to those who were impacted by this tragedy,” said Puppolo, a Springfield Democrat, in a statement. “In addition, Boston Strong license plates on vehicles throughout Massachusetts and wherever their owners travel will be one more way to honor the victims and their families and let them know they will not be forgotten.”

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