Conservancy license plates clear hurdle |

Conservancy license plates clear hurdle

" Sun staff reports

A bill that could add millions of dollars to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s budget is one step closer to approval.

AB 84, which creates a new state program for specialty license plates, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday. The bill would give the conservancy authority to seek its own specialized plate. It was sponsored by Assemblymen Tim Leslie (R”Tahoe City) and John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), who authored the Sierra Nevada Conservancy legislation.

If the special plates receive full approval, California drivers will be able to acquire them for an additional $50 initially, and then $40 per year for renewal. Funds generated by the plates will go to Sierra projects via the new Sierra Nevada Conservancy.-

AB 84 now needs to be approved by the full Senate and Assembly before being sent to the governor for final approval.

If the Sierra Nevada license plate is approved, the Department of Motor Vehicles would begin issuing plates only after 7,500 plates are reserved.-

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy was created to deliver funds to natural resource-related projects throughout the mountain range, including trails and parks, stream restoration and fire prevention.-

People who want to pre-register for plates can do so at or at