Should Ohio vehicles have one or two license plates?
Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle.
State Representatives Terry Johnson and Stephen Slesnick say requiring one license plate on the rear bumper could save the state more than $1 million annually. They say it also would save money for car owners whose vehicles aren't built for front license plates and have to pay to have brackets attached to hold front plates.
But some law enforcement officials object to the bill. They say having both front and back plates makes it easier for people to report those involved in crimes and allows police to locate vehicles in crime or traffic investigations.
"Really gives us an additional opportunity for us to positively identify a vehicle," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston. She says the Highway Patrol is opposed to the bill and has been in the past.
30 states have laws only mandating both a rear and front license plate, though none of Ohio's neighboring states do.