COLUMBUS -- Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 93, legislation that permits motorcyclists to purchase a "Breast Cancer Awareness" license plate for use on their motorcycle.

Sponsored by Reps. Nan Baker (R-Westlake) and Al Landis (R-Dover), the bill allows motorcyclists to purchase the specialty license plate from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, joining other Ohio drivers who can already purchase the "Breast Cancer Awareness" license plate for their vehicle.

"I am grateful that our Governor has decided to support motorcycles in the list of eligible vehicles able to carry the Pink Ribbon plates," said Rep. Baker. "This will benefit thousands of Ohioans undergoing breast cancer treatment across the state and raise awareness."

"With the signing of this bill, it gives our growing motorcycle-riding population an opportunity to get behind such a worthy cause," said Rep. Landis. "We have made great strides in breast cancer research and detection. With additional funding, maybe we can find that elusive cure."

Each purchase of a pink ribbon license plate generates $25 for the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio, a non-profit organization that helps breast cancer patients find access to affordable, quality treatment.

Since its inception in 2005, the plates have generated nearly $650,000 for community organizations that provide services to both women and men.

HB 93 simply allows motorcyclists to purchase this particular specialty license plate that passenger vehicle owners can already purchase through the Ohio BMV at www.OPlates.com or through their local Deputy Registrar office.

The bill signing comes during the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness for breast cancer research and highlights efforts to find a cure for the disease.