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New law in Missouri stops university license plates

December 06, 2012 12:00AM

In a letter this week to hundreds of Pittsburg State University alumni living in Missouri, PSU’s director of alumni and constituent relations wrote that the university was disappointed in legislative action that will prevent PSU alumni in that state from purchasing specialty license plates that bear the university’s iconic mascot logo.

“We’re disappointed in the decision,” wrote Johnna Schremmer. “Because of it, more than 14,000 Pitt State alumni and friends will not have the opportunity to show their Gorilla pride and financially support their home state.”

PSU gained state approval for the specialty license plates in 2011 and more than 200 PSU alumni had signed up to receive them.

The PSU license plate program in Missouri hit a snag, however, when the University of Kansas began an effort to bring Jayhawk license plates to the Show-Me State early this year. In May, some passionate lawmakers in Columbia were outraged at the thought of having Jayhawks on Missouri license plates and moved to change the law. They successfully pushed through new legislation banning not just KU plates, but plates from any university outside of Missouri.

“Legal counsel for the State of Missouri has determined that (the new legislation) does not allow the manufacture of any out-of-state university specialty license plate,” Schremmer wrote. “In fact, we’re told that the state will now stop manufacturing specialty plates featuring the University of Arkansas, even though they have been available for many years.

“We’re disappointed,” Schremmer said, “but we know that our proud alumni will display their Gorilla pride in other ways, including window stickers, Gorilla wear, flags and a host of other popular items.”

Schremmer said PSU will refund any fees already collected for the Missouri PSU plate, if requested.

©2012 Pittsburg State University