If passed, Vermont would become the first state to enact emoji-plate legislation.


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State Rep. Rebecca White (D-Windsor) introduced the bill, which would allow drivers to add one of six available emojis to their license plate when registering a vehicle in Vermont. The symbols would be added in addition to the plate's registration number, and would not replace any letters or numbers assigned by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles nor those selected by the vehicle's owner.
"As long as they're appropriate, I'm all for it," said Mary-Jo Roldan.
The bill does not state which emojis drivers would be able to choose from. There were 3,019 recognized emojis at the time of the bill's introduction.
"I guess it's an OK idea. I wouldn't say it's good. I wouldn't say it's bad. It's not hurting anybody," said Pam Buck, of Weathersfield.
If the bill is passed, Vermont would become the first state to enact emoji-plate legislation, but not the first in the world.
Legislators in Queensland, Australia, passed legislation allowing the emoticons to appear on state-registered plates in 2019. Drivers, there are able to select from the laughing, smiling, wink, "love" or sunglasses emojis.
Those plates are setting back Australian drivers approximately $336 each, however, Vermont's bill does not add a price for the proposed vanity plates.
Of the state's current vanity plates, the most expensive for any vehicle less than 26,001 pounds is the state conservation series, which comes with a $26 annual fee.
This article was originally published by NBC 5.
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