MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Republican state senator plans to introduce a bill that would create a faith-proclaiming "I Believe" license plate in Alabama similar to one approved recently by South Carolina lawmakers.

"It would send a message that the government in Alabama believes in faith and family," Sen. Hank Erwin of Montevallo said June 13.

The South Carolina Legislature passed a bill last month to create an "I Believe" license plate with the image of a cross and a stained glass window.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford allowed the bill to become law without his signature. A similar proposal in the Florida Legislature failed last month.

The American Jewish Congress and others are considering challenging the South Carolina law. Marc Stern, a religious freedom expert and general counsel for the New York-based Congress, said the license plate shows a preference for one religion.

The Legislature's next regular session starts in February, but Gov. Bob Riley is considering calling a special session this summer.