PRESS RELEASE
from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2007
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Senate committee passes Estes' bill for Silver Star license plates

AUSTIN -- The Senate Committee on Transportation took public testimony and passed Senate Bill 274 by Senator Craig Estes (Wichita Falls-R) to authorize the Texas Department of Transportation to issue a special Silver Star license plate.

"We can never do too much to honor the heroes in our communities, and these are small tokens of our appreciation to those who serve and have served in our military," said Estes. "I am very pleased that the Senate Transportation Committee passed this bill without reservation."

Two Silver Star recipients from Senate District 30 traveled to Austin to testify in favor of the bill. Kenneth Gibbons of Weatherford and Mike Davis of Pilot Point both received a Silver Star for actions against the enemy during the Vietnam War, and testified before the Senate Transportation Committee.

"I want to thank Mr. Gibbons and Mr. Davis for their service to our country, and for their support of this bill," said Estes.

Senate Bill 274 was passed without opposition and recommended favorably to the whole Senate for the Uncontested Calendar. After passage by the Senate, the bill will be referred to the House for consideration and passage.

The Silver Star is the third highest award designated for heroism during direct combat against enemy forces, and was first awarded in 1932. Senate Bill 274 would allow Silver Star recipients or their surviving spouses to be issued the special plates for a nominal fee consistent with other military plates provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.

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