National Anthem Slogan Gets Closer to Md. License Plates

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    Maryland drivers may soon advertise the state as the "Home of Our National Anthem."

    The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Friday that would have most plates carry the slogan starting Oct. 1. The measure would exclude special registration plates such as those honoring military service.

    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 say 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.

    The bill now moves to the House for consideration.