A bill passed by the Legislature Thursday brings back an iconic license plate design first introduced more than 30 years ago.


House Bill 293, sponsored Rep. Peggy Wilson, makes the tan plate featuring a standing grizzly one of two primary plates Alaskans can feature on their vehicles. In a press release distributed Thursday morning, Wilson said she introduced the bill after receiving feedback from constituents and learning Alaska is ranked second-to-last among U.S. states when it comes to license plate design.


“Bears are indelibly linked to Alaska,” Wilson said. “The bear insignia was one of the most popular we’ve run.”


The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.