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5/2/2016 Representative Robert B. Lancia Testifies Before House Committee on Finance for Special License Plate for Gold Star Parents
Under Proposed Legislation, Parents Who Have Lost a Child in the Line of Duty Would Receive Special License Plate
STATE HOUSE - On Wednesday, April 27th Representative Robert B. Lancia (R-District 16 Cranston) testified before the House Committee on Finance in support of his proposed legislation (H-7723) which would create a special registration plate for the motor vehicles of all Gold Star Parents.  A Gold Star Parent is anyone who has lost a son or daughter in the line of duty while with the armed forces of the United States of America.
“As we know, 47 states around the country have Gold Star plates.  I think it’s time for Rhode Island to honor all of our Gold Star families for their sacrifices as well,” said Rep. Lancia.  “Rhode Island is only one of three states not offering a Gold Star license plate to parents.  The state of Rhode Island should do whatever it can to help ease the pain and suffering of parents who have lost a child while in active service for our country,” he added. 
Representative Lancia’s testimony was followed by very emotional testimony from Ronald Gill, Sr.  He and his wife Rosemary are Gold Star parents who lost their son while on active duty. 
“Our son Rodney is one of the names engraved on a piece of granite in the back of the state house.  This is just a simple request.  Right now, as Gold Star parents, we have a little decal on the back of our license plates, which is just not adequate.  We see the plates that have the Purple Heart, or a Medal of Honor, or a Bronze Star, that are just a really pretty plate.  And that’s all we’re asking for, is something that represents our sons or daughters who have given their lives for this country,” said Gill.
He added, “It’s a very simple request.  Most of us would be willing to pay for the plates if it wasn’t provided for us.  It’s just a way to keep their memories alive.” 

For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259