License Plates

Lauren Chooljian / NHPR

 

George and Maxine Maynard have what you might call a complicated relationship with New Hampshire's state motto.

And when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a controversial free speech case next month, the Maynards' decades-old legal battle over the state’s ubiquitous “Live Free or Die” will be back in the spotlight.

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 New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" license plates will live to see another day.

The House on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have given motorists the option to choose between the current license plates, which include the state's "Live Free or Die" motto, and a new version featuring the word "scenic," which appeared on license plates decades ago.

"Live Free or Die" is part of a toast Gen. John Stark sent to his wartime comrades in 1809. It officially became the state motto in 1945.

David Adams

On Friday, lawmakers will vote on a final rule governing what words New Hampshire drivers can have on their vanity license plates. While the Department of Safety’s interim rules did not allow drivers to receive vanity plates that refer to beer or other legal inebriants, the Department’s final recommendations reversed that decision, outlawing only illegal inebriants.