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Specialty plate would raise money for visually impaired people.

December 09, 2005.
FOX35 News, Florida.

Florida has nearly one (m) million visually impaired residents and state lawmakers are introducing legislation to create a new specialty license plate that would raise money to help blind people.

The Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind has raised the required 60-thousand dollars to get the project rolling.

The new "State of Vision" license plate would cost an extra 25 dollars. Supporters say the money would go to agencies that help visually impaired people lead independent lives.

Bill sponsor Representative Dennis Baxley says he's been inspired by his blind son Jeffrey to help make a positive difference in the lives of visually impaired people. Baxley has formed a bipartisan group of lawmakers called the "Vision Caucus" to work for legislation that helps blind people.

Specialty Florida tags have raised more than 29 million dollars over the last year.

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