Since Lee Hawkins is no longer a member of the Georgia Senate, so why is he still using the special license plate given to members? This photo is from Saturday’s 9-12 event, where Hawkins came in 3rd in the straw poll:
Georgia Code §40-2-135(a) says (emphasis mine):
The commissioner shall revoke any regular, prestige, special, or distinctive license plate which the commissioner determines was issued in error and shall revoke the special and distinctive license plate issued to a member of the General Assembly at such time as the holder ceases to hold such public office. The commissioner or his or her designated agent may revoke any license plate purchased with a check which was returned for any reason. The commissioner shall notify the holder of such regular, prestige, special, or distinctive license plate or of such other license plate of such revocation. The holder of such revoked license plate shall return the license plate to the commissioner or the commissioner’s designated agent and register his or her vehicle as otherwise required by this chapter.
If you aren’t in office the plate is revoked and if you are still driving on it, it’s a suspended plate. Former legislators may keep them because many want to frame them, but they do have to go to their county tag office and get a new regular plate like everyone else as the plate expires as soon as they leave office.