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Senate votes almost unanimously in favor of Seattle Storm license plates

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Washington’s State Senate voted 47-1 on a bill that would create Seattle Storm license plates Tuesday.

Up to $25,000 of the proceeds from the plate would go to the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, and remaining funds would go toward grants “to support and enhance athletic, recreational, and other opportunities for women and girls, and especially those with disabilities.”

The Legislative Youth Advisory Council is a group of 22 teens between the ages of 14 and 18 who make policy recommendations, lobby legislators, and host events around the state.

The plate would join a wide array of special plates available for purchase, including plates for three Seattle-based men’s professional sports teams: the Mariners, Seahawks, and Sounders FC.

“The Seattle Storm license plate would be the first in our state for a women’s sports team,” said Sen. Emily Randall, the bill’s sponsor. “I’m excited about this bill because it’s a great win for gender parity, and also because the funds raised by the plate will go toward investing in the promise of young women and girls.”

Interested drivers will pay a $40 fee for a special Seattle Storm license plate, and $30 for annual renewal.

The vote fell just short of unanimous because of one “no” vote, from Sen. Mark Schoesler.

Sue Bird, one of the Storm’s star players, two-time WNBA champion, ten-time WNBA All-Star, and four-time Olympic gold medalist — among other titles — tweeted about that vote late Wednesday.

We reached out to Schoesler for comment, and will update this story if we get a response.