The bill would transfer the endowment from the California State Library to the Natural Resources Agency.
The endowment had been using bond money to make grants and loans to museums and other nonprofit groups, but with that program winding down, it was looking for new funding, Atkins said, according to the Associated Press.
After founding a Santa Rosa museum in honor of Charles Schulz, Jean Schulz, widow of the "Peanuts" cartoonist, recognized the need for additional museum funding, according to the California Assn. of Museums. The association is receiving royalty-free rights to establish the plate.
Last year, the endowment accepted an offer by the association to sponsor a plate using the Snoopy character.
The California Assn. of Museums says it has a list of at least 9,200 vehicle owners who have expressed interest--well above the 7,500 threshold for the DMV to start issuing the plates should the governor sign the bill, the AP reported.
The plates would cost $50 each.
Museum enthusiasts — and Snoopy fans — can sign up for the specialized plate here.
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