Phoenix Coyotes won't get special license plate

PHOENIX - The Arizona state Senate did not approve special license plates for the Phoenix Coyotes this year, after a 14-14 vote Wednesday.

The bill, SB 1480, would have approved special license plates for developmental disabilities awareness, equine education, Arizona professional golf, regionally accredited institutions of higher education, firefighter, fallen heroes and professional hockey.

The bill would have required these entities to pay $32,000 to the Arizona Department of Transportation for the production costs associated with the new plates.

The state already has specialized plates for the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, among more than 30 other special license plates.

In a statement, the Phoenix Coyotes said they were “very disappointed” that the bill didn’t pass the Senate.

“The Coyotes will continue to try and get our license plate bill passed,” the statement said. “Charities are the losers here for absolutely no reason.”

A similar bill in 2011 would’ve given the Coyotes a special plate, but it was held in the House.

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