OSU pitches whale plates

If you wanted to create a new Oregon license plate background before the start of 2016, your task was deceptively simple: convince the Legislature to pass a bill to make the Department of Motor Vehicles create the plate. The payoff: Your cause would receive the proceeds from the extra fees charged for people who wanted the specialty plates.

The new Portland Trail Blazers plate that went on sale in September was created this way, as were a couple of dozen other Oregon plate designs.

But, as the result of a law the Legislature passed in 2015, the process for creating a new plate is now regulated by the DMV. Read more...