Haslam favors removal of Confederate flag from Tennessee license plates

The Confederate flag is folded after it was removed from the casket containing the remains of an unknown Civil War soldier during burial in Franklin, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. The body was accidentally unearthed from a shallow grave by construction workers. A Union flag is still seen covering the casket. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
photo Gov. Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today said that he favors the removal of the Confederate flag from some Tennessee specialty license plates.

Haslam said that he wasn't aware that the flag is stamped on some plates, but "I'd be in favor of discontinuing it."

Haslam signed the bill approving the Confederate license plates for motorcycles on March 14, 2012. The bill passed the state Senate and House by wide margins. The vote in the Senate was 27-3, and in the House voted 82-6 in favor, with one person voting present.

The plate, which features the stars and bars of the confederacy on the left side of the plate, is available to Tennessee drivers for an annual fee of $56.50,