Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Preventing license sticker thefts

Governor Doyle’s proposed 2009-11 state budget included a provision to do away with vehicle registration stickers. Many law enforcement agencies around the state objected, wanting to keep the stickers, with the exception of the City of Milwaukee.

Police Chief Ed Flynn argued that eliminating the requirement would put an end to the rash of stickers being stolen in the Milwaukee area. 

Vehicle registration stickers are still required. What can be done to prevent thefts that are likely to continue? The state of Missouri has come up with a very good solution.

Governing magazine reports that as part of a pilot program in St. Louis, new license tabs “will have a watermark and its corresponding license plate number printed directly on the tab. This way, if any part of a sticker is stolen and placed on another plate, it is glaringly obvious to law enforcement that a tab theft has occurred.”

This is an excellent idea that should be considered in Wisconsin.

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