An action by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to delay requirements for redesigning the "God Bless America" will keep the state from having to spend $2.5 million next year.
On Monday, Riley signed a proclamation delaying the distinctive license plate's redesign by two years from 2011 to 2013.
State law normally requires that license plates be replaced at the end of five years. That period was set to expire in 2011.
"State government should always be on the look out for ways to avoid unnecessary costs and this is certainly one of them," said Riley. "This $2.5 million in savings won't solve the state's budget problems but it will help."