Rep. Powell files bill to discontinue Tenn. Confederate license plates

Tennessee Confederate license plate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – State Representative Jason Powell filed legislation Thursday to discontinue Tennessee license plates that feature the Confederate flag.

The bill comes on the heels of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that ruled states can ban the Confederate flag from license plates.

In a release, Powell said, “Tennessee should stop issuing license plates that feature a symbol of hate, oppression and injustice.”

According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, there are currently 2,057 registered plates with Confederate symbols. 254 of those plates have been registered just this year, with 847 Confederate plate renewals in 2015.

The earliest the bill would be heard is January 2016.

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