Apr 12, 2013 7:14 PM by Akeam Ashford
Representative Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, has introduced legislation which would take your 'Cajun Pride' anywhere. House Bill 147 would create the "I'm Cajun" prestige license plate. "I just felt like it was a good time to do it, Cajun is a hot item, and you find that more and more people are becoming more and more proud to be Cajun," says Huval.
According to the legislation, the plates will be designed by the the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, or CODOFIL, and bear the words "I'm Cajun... and proud." "You get to show off that you're a cajun from here, or transplanted here, then you also get to know that I'm helping to save the language or teach the children the language that's unique to our area," says Huval.
The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections would be charged with issuing the special license plates and permitted to collect an annual royalty fee of $15 for each plate. Of that, the department would also be able keep $3.50 to offset a portion of administrative costs.
The rest of the fee would go to CODOFIL, a French language and culture nonprofit education group, to solely fund the "La Fondation Louisiane for the Escadrille Louisiane" scholarship program. During last year's regular session, Gov. Bobby Jindal cut $100,000 from CODOFIl, saying in his official veto message that the program "has been adequately funded."
"I'm proud to be Cajun!," says Huval.