Bill to spread license plate money to all missions clears House

 

A bill allowing money raised from the sale of Mission Valley license plates to be used at all three El Paso County missions cleared the House Thursday.

The measure, House Bill 1347, removes the restriction that license-plate revenue be used only on the Socorro Mission and allows the money to also be used to repair historic churches in San Elizario and Ysletta.

Only about $10,000 a year is generated by the sale of the plates, but HB 1347's sponsor, Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, said the missions are sorely in need of repairs and need all the money they can get. She also hopes that by spreading the revenue around to all three missions, more motorists will opt to purchase plates commemorating the Mission Valley.

The bill goes now to the Texas Senate.