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Missouri senators considering plan to remove front license plate

Highway Patrol opposed, but potential savings substantial

For years, Missourians have been required to drive with both front and rear license plates.

But that wasn’t always the case here, and 19 other U.S. states — including Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky that border Missouri — still have just one plate.

So, as part of their “Rebooting Government” effort to find ways to save money, some state senators are suggesting — for the second year — that Missouri could save an estimated $1 million-$1.5 million in general revenue expenses by returning to the single-plate requirement.

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But the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Capt. Tim McDonald told senators last week the move might create some enforcement problems.

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