UPDATE:Mississippi lawmakers approve specialty tags bill

JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that authorizes nearly two dozen new specialty license plates.

Motorists will be able to purchase plates that support Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, mixed martial arts in Mississippi, the Professional Firefighters Association of Mississippi and the Delta Bear Habitat Program, among others.

The bill passed the House and the Senate on Monday.

A specialty tag costs $30 a year, on top of the local taxes drivers already pay for a generic license plate.

Senate Finance Chairman Dean Kirby says the bill also requires that all specialty tags purchased after July 1, 2010, have a county designation of where the vehicle is registered.

The Associated Press