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NH DMV puts hold on issuing vanity plates

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles is not issuing new vanity license plates while it reviews the wording of proposed rules governing what those plates can say.

The temporary ban comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in May that the agency's refusal to issue a plate to a man who wanted to display "CopsLie" on his vehicle violated free speech rights. The court concluded the agency's rules on plate messages were too vague to enforce.

In light of the ruling, DMV drafted new guidelines to prohibit language that relates to sex, violence, drugs, gangs or bigotry, the Concord Monitor reports.

The DMV has until mid-July to adopt or reject the new rules.

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