Presentation on theme: "Supreme Court takes on license plates. Most states have some kind of specialty license plate program, but Texas state officials drew the line when one."— Presentation transcript:
Most states have some kind of specialty license plate program, but Texas state officials drew the line when one organization sought to have their logo — the Confederate flag — depicted on a plate. On Monday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the decision to exclude the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) from the specialty license plate program violated the organization's free speech rights under the First Amendment. This is the first time the justices will take up the issue to explore the rules for distinguishing between government and private speech. A law professor from Notre Dame Law School said he believes that the ruling could impact not only state specialty plates but "all of the many, many ways that government property and funds facilitate expression and communication.” In Texas, drivers can choose to have standard issue plates or plates with messages authorized by the Texas legislature. But there is a third alternative. Individuals, non-profits or for-profit businesses can also pay a fee and create a design subject to the approval of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board (DMVB). It is this third category that is at issue before the court. These plates are designed to raise revenue and they can be rejected by the DMV if the design is found to be "offensive to any member of the public."
In Other News Chuck Bednarik, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Hall of Fame center and linebacker, one of the last N.F.L. players to commonly play on both offense and defense and arguably the greatest Eagle of all time, died Saturday in Richland, Pa. He was 89. They called him Concrete Charlie in reference to him being a legendary football tough guy. Bednarik won two championships with the Eagles in 1949 and 1960. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016 via a Twitter post early Monday, becoming the first major candidate to officially declare.