Advocates call on McCrory to end Confederate license plates
Posted July 23, 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. — Advocacy groups plan to deliver a petition to Gov. Pat McCrory Thursday morning calling on him to use his executive authority to halt the sale of North Carolina license plates bearing the Confederate flag.
Sponsors of the movement say the petition with more than 13,000 signatures will be delivered at 10 a.m. to the governor's office in the old Capitol building,
McCrory said he wants to stop issuing the plates, which have been given to more than 2,000 Sons of Confederate Veterans. But he says he thinks the law requires him to wait for General Assembly approval. At the same time, legislative leaders say it is the governor's decision.
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles received a high volume of requests for the specialty plates in June. Officials said DMV processed about nine months worth of orders in less than 10 days.
McCrory also has to make a decision on a monuments bill passed this week that has drawn criticism for its protection of Confederate memorials.