Mizzou alumni choose allegiance over money in license tag issue
ST. LOUIS — The bitter rivalry between Kansas University and University of Missouri could go from the field to the bumper.
Rather than allow drivers to pay an extra $15 for a Kansas University specialty license plate, two University of Missouri graduates — state Sens. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia — filed a petition to stop the plate’s approval last week.
“With the long-standing rivalry between Mizzou and KU, I find it appalling that the creation of this license plate would be conceived in the Show-Me State,” Stouffer told the Kansas City Star.
Danny Lewis, director of the KU Alumni Association’s alumni programs, said the school has at least 30,000 alumni living in Missouri.
The rivalry between Kansas and Missouri is often referenced as the Border War, but Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference will end their annual athletic battles.
Lewis said KU has specialty plates in Maryland and Texas, but searched a long time before finding a state legislator — Rep. Charlie Denison, R-Springfield — to co-sign an application for the plates.
Because of a waiting period on voting on specialty plates, the KU plate wouldn’t be up for consideration in the House and Senate until 2013.
Missouri offers 187 specialty plates, from the Kansas City Chiefs to the St. Louis Blues, but not for any schools outside its borders.