"Can A Brotha Get A Break" Florida license plate?

9:20 AM, Apr 28, 2009   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE -- Fighting a Republican move to approve religiously oriented specialty license tags, and bitter about proposed salary cuts for state workers, Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson has a specialty tag idea of his own.

Worried about the separation of church and state, Democratic critics are incensed about one proposed tag that would feature an image of Christ on the cross.

Lawson's amendment to SB 2326 is called, "Can A Brotha Get a Break License Plate."

"The plate must prominently display an image of state Senator Alfred 'Al' Lawson, Jr. The phrase 'Can a Brotha Get a Break?' shall appear in bold letters on the bottom of the plate."

Proceeds from the plate would go to, "Employees Relief Fund for the purpose of offsetting salary and benefit cuts by the Legislature and providing grief counseling."

The amendment doesn't mention that Lawson is running for Congress next year.

By Jim Ash, Florida Capital Bureau Chief

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