SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly has passed a bill that would help establish a Snoopy license plate to benefit California museums.

Lawmakers passed AB482 by Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego on a 54-19 vote Thursday.

The bill allows the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to create a new grant program for museums using revenue from a specialized license plate. The endowment would also be transferred from the California State Library to the Natural Resources Agency.

Atkins says the endowment had been using bond money to make grants and loans to museums and other nonprofit groups. But with that program winding down, it was looking for new funding.

Last year, the endowment accepted an offer by the California Association of Museums to sponsor a plate using the Snoopy cartoon character.