TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would create special license plates for parents and close relatives of American troops killed while serving their country will go before a New Jersey Assembly panel on Monday.

The bill being considered by the Military and Veteran’s Affairs committee would authorize “Gold Star Family” plates.

They would be available to the parents, siblings, spouse, children, stepparents and adoptive parents of servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives while on active duty. There would be no charge for the plates, whose design would include a gold star and the words “Gold Star Family.”

New Jersey is one of three states that don’t have some version of the “Gold Star” plates.

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