The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 16, 2012

Mo. House moves to stop Jayhawks license plate

From The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri license plates won’t be sporting Kansas Jayhawks logos anytime soon if the Missouri House has its way.

The House approved an amendment to a higher education bill Tuesday allowing only Missouri schools to be featured on license plates, unless the Missouri Legislature gives its approval.

Efforts to create a University of Kansas specialty plate in Missouri began a year ago, well before the University of Missouri left the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. That ended a long rivalry between Kansas and Missouri.

The amendment’s sponsor, Democrat Stephen Webber, says he’ll remove his amendment or seek to repeal it if Kansas challenges Missouri to a football or basketball game next school year.

The Missouri Legislature has approved one specialty plate for Pittsburg State University in southeastern Kansas.