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RI offers new specialty license plates

License plates commemorating farm labor leader Cesar Chavez, the Rocky Point park along Narragansett Bay and the Lupus Foundation could be showing up on Rhode Island cars.

Among 45 bills signed into law Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo are several allowing specialty license plates.

The plates cost $40 each. Proceeds are split between the state and the special cause. Proceeds from the Chavez plates go toward a scholarship in his name affiliated with the Rhode Island Foundation.

One law allows special plates for Brown University, Providence College and other private Rhode Island colleges and universities.

This year's state budget also expands the use of "Gold Star Parent" plates for residents who lost a son or daughter on military duty. It drops some fees and creates a new plate design.

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