COLUMBUS (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – State legislators are actively working to keep license plates on the front of Ohio vehicles. Republican Senators Jay Hottinger of Newark and Joe Uecker of Clearmont County were joined by more than a dozen law enforcement officers on Monday when they introduced Senate Bill 179, which would reverse the decision to remove the front plates.

The elimination of the front plate is scheduled to take effect on July 1 of 2020. Law enforcement officers have said that the removal of front license plates would make their jobs much harder. 31 of the 50 states currently require both front and back plates.

If the legislation holds, Ohio would become the first state since 1979 (Connecticut) to remove the front license plate after having laws that previously enforced them. Connecticut has since went back on the reversal.