Personalized Plates Hearing Tuesday | Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Personalized Plates Hearing Tuesday | Georgia Public Broadcasting

ATLANTA — The state is currently operating under emergency regulations for prestige plates. Last month, the state settled with First Amendment attorney Cynthia Counts after officials denied her client three different license plates with the word “gay” in them.

People who want more freedom when it comes to selecting their personalized license plates will get their chance to speak out Tuesday morning. The Georgia Department of Revenue is holding a public hearing about proposed changes to the state’s prestige license plate regulations.

The state has been operating under emergency regulations since June. That was when they reached a settlement with First Amendment attorney Cynthia Counts and her client, Cyrus Gilbert.

Counts filed a lawsuit on behalf of Gilbert earlier this year after the state denied him three different personalized plates, which all contained the word “gay.”

“I’m glad to say that Cyrus Gilbert is now running around in a car with ‘GAYPWR’ on it,” said Counts.

Counts argued that by denying Gilbert’s requests, the state was violating his First Amendment right of free speech.

The state’s emergency regulations, while allowing Gilbert’s plate, may have created new problems. The rules ban profanity and obscenity, but they also ban any reference to crime, weapons, drugs and alcohol. The guidelines also outlaw several variations of the word “hate.”

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