Saints fans could soon purchase vanity license plates

New Orleans Saints fans could soon be rolling in style celebrating the team’s Super Bowl XLIV championship.

A bill was approved by a state House panel on Tuesday and if it becomes law the state and the team will work to create a specialty license plate that fans can purchase for an additional annual fee of $25 above the standard cost of plates, according to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

At least 1,000 motorists will have to sign up for the vanity plates until they are created and sold. According to Saints lobbyist Randy Haynie, the first 300 will be made available to Saints employees and players. The bill requires the extra money be earmarked for programs that support parks, recreation and youth fitness. The money generated in each parish will remain in that parish. The law could take effect as soon as July 1.

With this development, a bill designed to create a license plate for the “Who Dat Nation” was withdrawn with the knowledge that it could lead to potential legal wrangling over the rights to the phrase.

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