OAN’s James Meyers
11:54 AM – Wednesday, November 29, 2023
The state of Kansas has stopped production of their new license plates after receiving criticism from Kansans.
Democrat Governor Laura Kelly (D-Kan.) announced on Tuesday that she has halted production of the new license plates after receiving an influx of complaints regarding the new navy blue and deep gold design.
The new design was gold with a navy stripe across the top, navy numbers and no art, while the old plate had navy letters and numbers, and featured an embossed representation of the state seal in white.
However, according to the state Department of Revenue, the old plates have worn down over the years which is making it difficult for law enforcement to read.
A new state law that started in March required motorists to buy a new plate for 50 cents when they renewed their vehicle’s annual registration. To avoid using the new plate, drivers would have had to opt for a specialized one and pay an extra $45.
The governor initially praised the new design as “optimism” for the Sunflower State.
Kris Kobach (R-Kan.), the state’s Republican attorney general, tweeted that the design closely resembled a New York license plate as “Empire Gold.”
The Kansas Reflector’s opinion editor deemed it “ugly as sin” in a column under a headline calling it “slapdash and dull.”
“I’ve heard you loud and clear,” Kelly said in a statement issued Tuesday by her office. “Elected officials should be responsive to their constituents.”
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