Though the plan would have generated revenue, it was drafted "solely" to affect law enforcement, Public Safety Communications Director Joe Andrews told crackerjack Scripps fellow Rex Santus.
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The recall would have required motorists to pay $10 to replace their plates. More than 2 million people would have been affected by the recall, costing Ohioans millions of dollars in replacement fees over the next two fiscal years.
But Kasich's budget didn't address the license fees, and it's no longer a priority for the folks in public safety. Ohio law still requires motorists to replace plates — at a cost of $11.75 — if they're in truly bad shape, and Ohio still has the right to demand replacement plates in instances of illegibility.