Maryland Lawmaker Suggests "National Anthem" License Plate Slogan

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010  |  Updated 3:45 PM EDT
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Md. Lawmaker Suggests "National Anthem" License Plate Slogan

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Maryland license plates would lay claim to the state as "Home of Our National Anthem" if one state lawmaker has his way.

Republican Sen. Larry Haines wants all plates to carry the slogan starting Oct. 1 if his bill, submitted this week, passes.

Maryland last displayed a slogan on their standard issue license plate in the mid-1980s, celebrating the 350th anniversary of the state's founding as a colony.

Department of Legislative Services staff said that 33 other states display a slogan or motto on their standard license plates.

Maryland native Francis Scott Key penned "The Star-Spangled Banner" almost 200 years ago, after the British attacked Baltimore's Fort McHenry.

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