Bill Would Establish Bright Green Sex Predator License Plates in Wisconsin

Monday, March 12th 2007, 8:48 pm
By: News On 6

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's worst sex offenders would have to drive around with bright green license plates under a bill a Republican lawmaker introduced Monday.

Serious child molesters and sexually violent offenders would be required to bolt the plates onto their cars and trucks when they're released from prison, Rep. Joel Kleefisch said.

Many sex offenders use their cars to commit crimes, driving to see someone they meet online or prowling parks and schools, Kleefisch said. He picked green because children associate it with Mr. Yuk, a symbol designed to warn children of poison.

Kleefisch said he's also considering emblazoning each plate with a sex offender warning.

Ohio lawmakers are working on similar legislation, and Gov. Ted Strickland has said supports it. Ohio already requires repeat drunken drivers to display bright yellow tags.

It wasn't clear whether Wisconsin lawmakers would support Kleefisch's proposal. Messages left for a Senate leader and a spokesman for Gov. Jim Doyle spokesman weren't immediately returned.