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New hope for Molly's Bill in 2012

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Ever since their daughter was abducted, the Bish family has fought to make sure no other family has to go through what they did.

That's why every year, they continue to push the "EZ ID" license plate bill, known as Molly's Bill, that would change license plates in the hopes of saving a life.

"It is a no brainer, it will not just help missing children or children under the Amber Alert, but it will help all kinds of crimes," said Heather Bish, Molly's sister.

The Bish family, along with EZ ID creator Gary Richard, hope to change the look of license plates to four larger letters and one symbol. They've received backing from across New England.

"Unless it's a type of number that really stands out or a vanity plate, it's very difficult to remember a license plate," said Chief Robert Campbell of the Agawam Police Department.

Campbell is also president of the New England Police Chiefs Association, and they decided to back the bill last month. He's been on the force for 39 years, and he says more often than not, a car in question will never be identified by its license plate.

"It's more often by stickers in the windows, stickers on the bumpers, things that are symbols that stick in someone's mind," he said.

Under the proposal, symbols like diamonds, hearts, stars and other shapes would be put on a plate with a combination of four letters in large print.

Richard told CBS 3 Springfield over the phone that the bill has been stuck without a vote from the Massachusetts Transportation Committee for seven years. And although initial costs would be about $150,000, it's not the money that's deterring people, but the fact that it's never been done. Now Richard and the Bish family are hoping that with the backing from organizations like the New England Police Chiefs Association, the bill will finally get the push it needs to go through the legislature, and one day save the lives of children.

"Let's make it easy, let's make that identification process as simple as possible so that if we have to identify a car, we can do and we can do it quickly," said Campbell.

"If Molly could in any way make a difference and bring this legislature forward to make it easier for the police for the district attorney's office, anyone that works with vehicles," said Magi Bish, Molly's mother.

The Bish family hope to get the legislation in front of Gov. Deval Patrick by Missing Children's Day at the State House on May 30.

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