NASHVILLE - A day after a law allowing a controversial license plate went into effect, House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh said he would support legislation abolishing specialty tags altogether.
Naifeh said Wednesday that Rep. Mark Maddox, D-Dresden, would introduce legislation in January to abolish the plates program, which allows Tennessee drivers to choose from nearly 60 tags.
"It's a real mess now," Naifeh said.
On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Bredesen said he would let a new anti-abortion "Choose Life" specialty tag go into effect without his signature, despite his concerns about putting political messages on license plates.
That same day the governor sent Naifeh and Lt. Gov. John Wilder, speaker of the Senate, to study specialty plates and decide whether to limit or change the program.
Bredesen said Wednesday a bill to abolish the plates is one avenue to consider.