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H.B. 330






Sponsor: Steven R. Mascaro

             6      This act modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending the Office of Veterans' Affairs
             7      special group license plate donation provisions. This act requires that the Office of
             8      Veterans' Affairs allows a license plate holder to make an annual donation of at least $10
             9      instead of a single donation of at least $25. This act takes effect on October 1, 2003.
             10      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             11      AMENDS:
             12          41-1a-422, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 2003
             13      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             14          Section 1. Section 41-1a-422 is amended to read:
             15           41-1a-422. Support special group license plates -- Contributor -- Voluntary
             16      contribution collection procedures.
             17          (1) As used in this section:
             18          (a) "Contributor" means a person who has donated or in whose name at least [$25 has
             19      been donated to] the following donation is made:
             20          (i) $25 annually to a scholastic scholarship fund of a single named institution;
             21          (ii) $10 annually to the Division of Veterans' Affairs in the Utah National Guard for
             22      veterans' programs;
             23          (iii) $25 annually to the Division of Wildlife Resources for the Wildlife Resources
             24      Account created in Section 23-14-13 , for conservation of wildlife and the enhancement,
             25      preservation, protection, access, and management of wildlife habitat;
             26          (iv) $25 one-time donation to the Department of Agriculture and Food for the benefit
             27      of soil conservation districts;

             28          (v) $25 one-time donation to the Division of Parks and Recreation for the benefit of
             29      snowmobile programs;
             30          (vi) $25 annually to the Guardian Ad Litem Services Account and the Children's
             31      Museum of Utah, with the donation evenly divided between the two;
             32          (vii) $25 annually to the Boy Scouts of America for the benefit of a Utah Boy Scouts of
             33      America council as specified by the contributor; or
             34          (viii) $25 annually to No More Homeless Pets in Utah for distribution to organizations
             35      or individuals that provide spay and neuter programs that subsidize the sterilization of domestic
             36      animals.
             37          (b) "Institution" means a state institution of higher education as defined under Section
             38      53B-3-102 or a private institution of higher education in the state accredited by a regional or
             39      national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
             40          (2) (a) An applicant for original or renewal collegiate special group license plates under
             41      Subsection (1)(a)(i) must be a contributor to the institution named in the application and
             42      present the original contribution verification form under Subsection (2)(b) or make a
             43      contribution to the division at the time of application under Subsection (3).
             44          (b) An institution with a support special group license plate shall issue to a contributor
             45      a verification form designed by the commission containing:
             46          (i) the name of the contributor;
             47          (ii) the institution to which a donation was made;
             48          (iii) the date of the donation; and
             49          (iv) an attestation that the donation was for a scholastic scholarship.
             50          (c) The state auditor may audit each institution to verify that the moneys collected by
             51      the institutions from contributors are used for scholastic scholarships.
             52          (d) After an applicant has been issued collegiate license plates or renewal decals, the
             53      commission shall charge the institution whose plate was issued, a fee determined in accordance
             54      with Section 63-38-3.2 for management and administrative expenses incurred in issuing and
             55      renewing the collegiate license plates.
             56          (e) If the contribution is made at the time of application, the contribution shall be
             57      collected, treated, and deposited as provided under Subsection (3).
             58          (3) (a) [Except as provided under Subsection (3)(d), an] An applicant for original or

             59      renewal support special group license plates under this section must be [an annual] a
             60      contributor to the entity or named institution associated with the license plate.
             61          (b) This contribution shall be:
             62          (i) unless collected by the named institution under Subsection (2), collected by the
             63      division;
             64          (ii) treated as a voluntary contribution for the funding of the activities specified under
             65      this section and not as a motor vehicle registration fee; and
             66          (iii) deposited into the appropriate account less actual administrative costs associated
             67      with issuing the license plates.
             68          (c) [Except as provided under Subsection (3)(d), the] The donation described in
             69      Subsection (1)(a) must be made in the 12 months prior to registration or renewal of
             70      registration.
             71          [(d) The donation described in Subsection (1)(a) shall be a one-time donation made to
             72      the division when issuing original:]
             73          [(i) veterans' license plates;]
             74          [(ii) snowmobile license plates; or]
             75          [(iii) soil conservation license plates.]
             76          (4) Veterans' license plates shall display one of the symbols representing the Army,
             77      Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or American Legion.
             78          Section 2. Effective date.
             79          This act takes effect on October 1, 2003.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-10-03 2:14 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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