The bill, filed last year by state Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, and state Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, amends the current law, reducing the number of plates that a charity must sell initially to 500 and the number during the first two years to 1,000.
According to Roy, lowering the threshold would help smaller charities reap the benefits of creating their own plates. The sale of specialized plates in Massachusetts — some 215,000 to date — has raised nearly $75 million for non-profits, he said.
"It puts the small charities on equal footing with the larger groups who have access to marketing resources," Roy said, referencing non-profits aligned with professional sports teams.
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