Riverside Lawmaker Introduces “Hashtag” Legislation To Support Homeless Vets

The hashtag movement may be jumping from social media to the highway. 

“#BOOTFC” You might be reading that while stuck in traffic on the 405 freeway if Democratic Senator Richard Roth’s bill, SB 1112, passes. 

The Riverside lawmaker says it would allow drivers to personalize their license plate with a hashtag – with that fee going towards providing supportive services for homeless vets. 

“The power of the hashtag is absolutely undeniable in today’s modern messaging. It has been shown over and over including most recently the #MeToo movement. That is an extremely simply and very, very effective aggregator in allowing people to talk about a single issue and identify the communications that are ongoing in the social media world.” 

A December 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows that California is home to more than a quarter of the nation’s homeless populations and roughly 30 percent of all veterans experiencing homelessness are here in California.

“This bill looks to address one of those facets: widening the scope of financial resources available to supportive services by letting California drivers express themselves through their license plates,” said Roth.
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James Rojas
Field Reporter
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