Update on the Rocky Point license plates

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Dear Rocky Point Enthusiast,

I know it has been some time since you ordered a specialty Rocky Point Plate and unfortunately it’s going to be a while longer before the plates become available.

Let me explain. 

When Rep. Joseph Solomon Jr. introduced legislation for a Rocky Point plate, state law required that we obtain 900 pre-orders before the state would issue them. Rep. Solomon and Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi were instrumental in changing the law and reducing the threshold to 600 pre-orders.

That is certainly a more attainable number, but we are still about 400 shy of the magic number. Solomon and Shekarchi went to bat for us again this spring with legislation to lower the number to 150. Joined by representatives from the Gaspee Days Committee and the Saltwater Anglers, who like us have state approval of a specialty plate, we testified before the House Finance Committee. Committee reaction was favorable, however, the bill never made it to the House floor for a vote.

We plan to get an earlier start in the next session and, I believe with the support of additional groups with specialty plate approvals we will be successful.

Meanwhile, I thank you for your patience and urge you to pass along the word about the Rocky Point plate so that we continue getting orders.

John Howell
Rocky Point Foundation