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From the Author's Statement of Intent:
The Soldier's Medal is awarded to those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who,
while serving in the United States Army, performed an act of heroism that was not in conflict
with an armed enemy. It is honored with a specialty license plate in other states, including
Virginia and Iowa. The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the second highest non-combat
decoration for heroism in the United States Department of the Navy and requires that the act
have had a life-threatening risk; other states have a specialty license plate commemorating this
medal, including Iowa. The Coast Guard Medal honors those who, while serving with the United
States Coast Guard, performed an act of heroism while facing a great personal danger not in
conflict with an enemy; it is honored with a specialty license plate in other states, including
Maryland. The Airman's Medal is awarded to those who, while serving with the United States
Air Force, distinguished themselves heroically in a non-combat situation, and is recognized with
a specialty license plate in Iowa and Maryland.
S.B. 193 creates specialty license plates to honor the recipients of the Soldier's Medal, the Navy
and Marine Corps Medal, the Coast Guard Medal, and the Airman's Medal.
Texas provides drivers with the ability to adorn their cars with specialty license plates commemorating a wide range of institutions, policy issues, hobbies, and other items of interest.
This legislation would allow Texans to use their license plates to send a message of honor and respect to the community in support of those who have received medals in connection with their voluntary service as defenders of liberty for our state and our nation.
Legislation that authorizes the creation of specialized commemorative license plates neither affirms nor abridges the principles on which we evaluate bills, therefore we are neutral on SB 193.