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Despite Scott Veto, Group Says Fight For Wildflower License Plates May Not Be Over

A bill raising the cost of Florida’s wildflower specialty license plates recently got Governor Rick Scott’s veto. But, fans of the flora say they may be back again next year.

In his veto letter, Governor Scott said although buying a specialty plate is voluntary, Floridians who want to demonstrate their support for the state’s natural beauty should “not be subjected to the cost increases sought by the bill.” But, that caught Lobbyist Susan Goldstein with the Florida Wildlife Foundation by surprise.

“We were stunned that it was vetoed,” said Goldstein.

The bill, which had unanimous bipartisan support, would have increased the cost of the Wildflower specialty license plates from 15 dollars to 25 to help fund different county programs. And, Scott recently signed three bills into law that all dealt with specialty license plate and each cost 25 dollars.

Goldstein adds the Legislature could overturn Scott’s veto by a two-thirds vote, before the next session begins. But, if that doesn’t happen, does the group hope to come back next year?

“Oh, absolutely! There’s no question. I mean there wasn’t anybody opposed to this bill. Nobody,” Goldstein added.

The bill was championed by sponsor Republican Representative John Wood, whose mother was one of the plate’s founding members.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.