%&*@! メイン州は下品なバニティナンバープレートを禁止します

現在, F爆弾を含む塩辛い言葉のナンバープレートがあります, 解剖学および性行為への言及, と一般的な侮辱. 1 license plate says simply, “F—-Y0U” —プレート上のものを除いて, it’s plainly spelled out.

今, rule-making is getting underway to ensure the law protects First Amendment rights while getting rid of obscene language.

The process, which includes public comment, could take between two to four months, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said.

Requests for so-called vanity license plates that are deemed to be potentially offensive will be on hold in the meantime. やがて, the state will begin recalling previously issued plates, likely this winter.

Rule-making will delay the process of active removal of plates from the road but will help us balance the free speech rights of citizens and the public interest of removing inappropriate license plates,” 彼女は言いました.

A majority of states have restrictions on license plate messages that are considered profane, sexually suggestive, 人種差別主義者, drug related, politically objectionable or religiously offensive.

But Maine became thewild, wild, wild west of vanity license plateswhen the state dropped its review process in 2015. “Our anything-goes approach was unusual,” Bellows said.

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As a former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Bellows understands the importance of the First Amendment protections on free speech. But she acknowledged she didn’t understand the extent ofreally disturbinglicense plates before she was sworn in as secretary of state earlier this year.

There have been lawsuits over the issue in other states.

昨年, a federal judge ruled that California couldn’t enforce a ban on vanity license plates it considersoffensive to good taste and decency.

The California law was overly broad, so states must be careful to target license plates that are profane or obscene, or represent hate speech.

In Maine, there are about 121,000 vanity license plates on the roads in a state with about 1.3 million residents. 推定 400 offensive plates could be subject to recall, 当局者は言った.

Bellows said she’s looking at it this way: “If you can’t say it on the 6 o’clock news, it shouldn’t be on a license plate.

The license plate is the property of the state,” 彼女は言いました. “If you really want an offensive slogan on your car, then you can use a bumper sticker.

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