(by Lee Davidson sltrib.com 2-29-16)
Real Salt Lake doesn't often win by the lopsided score of 73-0 — but it did on Monday in the Legislature.
The House gave final passage to SB64 by that margin to create a special license plate to honor the team as youth soccer players and the team's mascot, Leo the Lion, watched from the galleries.
The new plate will also raise money for youth soccer programs. It now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, the House sponsor of the bill, noted that RSL sells more season tickets — 15,000 a year — than any other Utah sports team, so the plates could be popular.
People who buy the RSL license plates would be required to make a $25 donation to a state account that would make grants to organizations that help "youth soccer, build communities, and promote environmental sustainability."
It is expected that much of the money would go to the Real Salt Lake Foundation, which sponsors such programs.
Wilson noted the foundation creates an avenue for youth to become referees, which he said may help overcome a referee shortage for youth leagues in the state. He said it also partners with communities and schools to create youth leagues and after-school programs.
"Let's go make a goal and get this done," Rep. Rich Cunningham, R-South Jordan, told House members.