Lawmaker seeks to return Confederate flag to Virginia plates

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Southwest Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow a Confederate battle flag to again be displayed on state-issued license plates.

Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr. told the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/228ILMZ) that his constituents believe Gov. Terry McAuliffe went too far when he moved to have the plates phased out. The Grayson County Republican says he represents his district "first and foremost."

Carrico's bill would amend a 1999 law authorizing specialty license plates honoring the Sons of Confederate Veterans to remove language prohibiting any logo or emblem in the design.

House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell's spokesman, Matt Moran, says Howell believes the original 1999 law was correct.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor would veto Carrico's bill, if the General Assembly passed it.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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