Missouri House moves to stop Jayhawks license plate

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 9:44 a.m. CDT; updated 11:44 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri license plates won't be sporting Kansas Jayhawks logos anytime soon if the Missouri House has its way.

The House approved an amendment to a higher education bill Tuesday allowing only Missouri schools to be featured on license plates.

An effort to create a University of Kansas specialty plate in Missouri began a year ago, well before MU bolted from the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. The move ends a long Jayhawk-Tiger rivalry.

The amendment's sponsor, Democrat Stephen Webber, says he'll remove his amendment or seek to repeal it if Kansas challenges Missouri to a football or basketball game next school year.

Missouri recently approved its first specialty plate for an out-of-state school — Pittsburg State University, in southeastern Kansas. It wasn't clear Tuesday what Webber's amendment means for that plate.

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