A bill to create a ski license plate for Colorado vehicles is on its way to the Senate, thanks in part to nearly 4,500 locals who petitioned for the ode to their favorite pastime. The Senate Appropriations Committee in the Colorado legislature voted unanimously to move Senate Bill 161 onward for a vote.
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) has instigated a petition and gathered signatures to take to the Department of Revenue to move forward with a ski plate over the past several years. Officials at CSCUSA say that, for decades, their supporters have called requesting a ski license plate to brandish their passion for Colorado's signature sport and now they soon may get their wish.
"Coloradans have been asking for this new way to show their pride for skiing and riding and this legislation will give them that opportunity," explained Melanie Mills, Colorado Ski Country USA's President and CEO. "This bill allows skiing fans the chance to fly the Colorado skiing flag when they drive."
The state Department of Revenue requires a minimum of 3,000 signatures in order to give its consent for authorizing specialized plates. CSCUSA's signature-collecting efforts busted that threshold and now CSCUSA and the Department have been working together to design a plate depicting a skier and snowboarder under a bluebird Colorado sky. Colorado will be the only state in the nation with a license plate depicting both a snowboarder and a skier if the bill passes.
The Bill must go through the Senate and House but in a recent press release, Senator Dan Gibbs (D-Dillon) who sponsors the bill, explained that making a ski plate is a no brainer. "Skiing is not only Colorado's best-known winter sport, it is what Colorado is known for all year-round," he said. "We should encourage Coloradans to show their pride for the sport with a special license plate."
The state could expect about $30,000 in revenue from the $50 plates in the first year. The money would go to better Colorado roads and bridges.
The Senate will hear the Bill some time in March and decide whether to pass it along to the House.
New York and Idaho both offer a specialized ski license plate, and Utah residents can pick up a "Greatest Snow On Earth" plate for free when they register their vehicles. CSCUSA says their plate will help spread exposure for Colorado skiing.