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H.B. 91






Sponsor: Ron Bigelow

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by authorizing a disabled American veteran
             10      special group license plate.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    authorizes the Motor Vehicle Division to issue a disabled American veteran special
             14      group license plate;
             15          .    provides that a disabled American veteran or veteran's spouse in certain
             16      circumstances is eligible for a disabled American veteran special group license
             17      plate;
             18          .    provides evidence requirements for a disabled American veteran special group
             19      license plate; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          This bill takes effect October 1, 2005.
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          41-1a-418, as last amended by Chapters 74, 102 and 141, Laws of Utah 2003

             28          41-1a-421, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 2003
             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 41-1a-418 is amended to read:
             32           41-1a-418. Authorized special group license plates.
             33          (1) The division shall only issue special group license plates in accordance with
             34      Sections 41-1a-418 through 41-1a-422 to a person who is specified under this section within
             35      the categories listed as follows:
             36          (a) disability special group license plates issued in accordance with Section 41-1a-420 ;
             37          (b) honor special group license plates, as in a war hero, which plates are issued for a:
             38          (i) survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor;
             39          (ii) former prisoner of war; [or]
             40          (iii) recipient of a Purple Heart; or
             41          (iv) disabled American veteran;
             42          (c) unique vehicle type special group license plates, as for historical, collectors value,
             43      or other unique vehicle type, which plates are issued for a:
             44          (i) special interest vehicle;
             45          (ii) vintage vehicle;
             46          (iii) farm truck; or
             47          (iv) vehicle powered by clean fuel and for which a current clean special fuel certificate
             48      is maintained as provided in Section 59-13-304 ;
             49          (d) recognition special group license plates, as in a public official or an emergency
             50      service giver, which plates are issued for a:
             51          (i) current member of the Legislature;
             52          (ii) current member of the United States Congress;
             53          (iii) current member of the National Guard;
             54          (iv) licensed amateur radio operator;
             55          (v) currently employed, volunteer, or retired firefighter;
             56          (vi) emergency medical technician;
             57          (vii) current member of a search and rescue team; or
             58          (viii) current honorary consulate designated by the United States Department of State;

             59      and
             60          (e) support special group license plates, as for a contributor to an institution or cause,
             61      which plates are issued for a contributor to:
             62          (i) an institution's scholastic scholarship fund;
             63          (ii) the Division of Wildlife Resources;
             64          (iii) the Office of Veterans' Affairs;
             65          (iv) the Division of Parks and Recreation;
             66          (v) the Department of Agriculture and Food;
             67          (vi) the Guardian Ad Litem Services Account and the Children's Museum of Utah;
             68          (vii) the Boy Scouts of America;
             69          (viii) spay and neuter programs through No More Homeless Pets in Utah;
             70          (ix) the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; or
             71          (x) Utah public education.
             72          (2) Beginning January 1, 2003, the division may not issue a new type of special group
             73      license plate unless the division receives:
             74          (a) a start-up fee established under Section 63-38-3.2 for production and administrative
             75      costs for providing the new special group license plates; or
             76          (b) a legislative appropriation for the start-up fee provided under Subsection (2)(a).
             77          (3) (a) A sponsoring organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under Internal
             78      Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) may request the commission to authorize a new type of
             79      special group license plate for the sponsoring organization. The sponsoring organization shall:
             80          (i) collect a minimum of 200 applications; and
             81          (ii) pay a start-up fee established under Section 63-38-3.2 for production and
             82      administrative costs for providing the new type of special group license plates.
             83          (b) If the provisions of Subsection (3)(a) are met, the commission shall approve the
             84      request and the division shall:
             85          (i) design a license plate in accordance with Section 41-1a-419 ; and
             86          (ii) issue the new type of special group license plates.
             87          Section 2. Section 41-1a-421 is amended to read:
             88           41-1a-421. Honor special group license plates -- Personal identity requirements.
             89          (1) (a) The requirements of this Subsection (1) apply to a vehicle displaying a:

             90          (i) survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor license plate;
             91          (ii) former prisoner of war license plate; [or]
             92          (iii) Purple Heart license plate[.]; or
             93          (iv) disabled American veteran license plate.
             94          (b) The vehicle shall be titled in the name of the veteran or the veteran and spouse.
             95          (c) Upon the death of the veteran, the surviving spouse may, upon application to the
             96      division, retain the special group license plate decal so long as the surviving spouse remains
             97      unmarried.
             98          (d) The division shall require the surviving spouse to make a sworn statement that the
             99      surviving spouse is unmarried before renewing the registration under this section.
             100          (2) Proper evidence of a Purple Heart is either:
             101          (a) a membership card in the Military Order of the Purple Heart; or
             102          (b) an original or certificate in lieu of the applicant's military discharge form, DD-214,
             103      issued by the National Personnel Records Center.
             104          (3) The Purple Heart license plates shall bear:
             105          (a) the words "Purple Heart" at the bottom of the plate;
             106          (b) a logo substantially depicting a Purple Heart award; and
             107          (c) the letter and number combinations assigned by the division.
             108          (4) Proper evidence that a person is a disabled American veteran is a written document
             109      issued by a military entity certifying that the person is disabled as a result of service in a branch
             110      of the United States Military.
             111          Section 3. Effective date.
             112          This bill takes effect October 1, 2005.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-21-05 6:33 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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