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S.B. 209

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HUMANITARIAN SERVICE AND EDUCATIONAL AND

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CULTURAL EXCHANGE SUPPORT SPECIAL GROUP

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LICENSE PLATE

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2010 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

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House Sponsor: Ben C. Ferry

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill authorizes a Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange
             12      support special group license plate.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    creates a Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange support
             16      special group license plate for programs that create or support humanitarian service
             17      and educational and cultural exchange programs;
             18          .    requires applicants for a new plate to make a $25 annual donation to the
             19      Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange Restricted Account;
             20          .    creates the Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange
             21      Restricted Account;
             22          .    requires the Department of Community and Culture to distribute funds in the
             23      Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange Restricted Account
             24      to certain organizations that provide programs that create or support humanitarian
             25      service and educational and cultural exchange programs; and
             26          .    makes technical changes.
             27      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:


             28          None
             29      Other Special Clauses:
             30          This bill takes effect on October 1, 2010.
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33          41-1a-418, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapters 183, 348, and 380
             34          41-1a-422, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapters 183, 348, and 380
             35      ENACTS:
             36          9-17-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37          9-17-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38     
             39      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             40          Section 1. Section 9-17-101 is enacted to read:
             41     
CHAPTER 17. HUMANITARIAN SERVICE AND EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL

             42     
EXCHANGE RESTRICTED ACCOUNT ACT

             43          9-17-101. Title.
             44          This chapter is known as the "Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural
             45      Exchange Restricted Account Act."
             46          Section 2. Section 9-17-102 is enacted to read:
             47          9-17-102. Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange
             48      Restricted Account.
             49          (1) There is created in the General Fund a restricted account known as the
             50      "Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange Restricted Account."
             51          (2) The account shall be funded by:
             52          (a) contributions deposited into the account in accordance with Section 41-1a-422 ;
             53          (b) private contributions; and
             54          (c) donations or grants from public or private entities.
             55          (3) Funds in the account are nonlapsing.
             56          (4) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the department shall distribute funds in the
             57      account to one or more charitable organizations that:
             58          (a) qualify as being tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;


             59          (b) have a national parent organization which:
             60          (i) provides international humanitarian service projects; and
             61          (ii) has youth programs including programs to foster leadership in high school students,
             62      humanitarian service in high school and college, and conducts and promotes community
             63      service projects;
             64          (c) have a non-profit youth exchange program that does not compensate those who
             65      administer the program within the state;
             66          (d) have an annual leadership conference, which does not compensate those who
             67      administer the program within the state;
             68          (e) have high school service clubs, which promote humanitarian services on a state
             69      level, a national level, and an international level; and
             70          (f) have college service clubs, which promote humanitarian service on a state level, a
             71      national level, and an international level.
             72          (5) (a) An organization described in Subsection (4) may apply to the department to
             73      receive a distribution in accordance with Subsection (4).
             74          (b) An organization that receives a distribution from the department in accordance with
             75      Subsection (4) shall expend the distribution only to:
             76          (i) pay the costs of supporting the following programs within the state:
             77          (A) youth programs including programs to foster leadership in high school students and
             78      humanitarian service in high school and college;
             79          (B) community service projects;
             80          (C) a non-profit youth exchange program;
             81          (D) an annual leadership conference;
             82          (E) high school service clubs, which promote humanitarian service on a state level, a
             83      national level, and an international level; and
             84          (F) college service clubs, which promote humanitarian service on a state level, a
             85      national level, and an international level; and
             86          (ii) pay the costs of issuing or reordering Humanitarian Service and Educational and
             87      Cultural Exchange support special group license plate decals.
             88          (c) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             89      department may make rules providing procedures for an organization to apply to the


             90      department to receive a distribution under Subsection (4).
             91          Section 3. Section 41-1a-418 is amended to read:
             92           41-1a-418. Authorized special group license plates.
             93          (1) The division shall only issue special group license plates in accordance with this
             94      section through Section 41-1a-422 to a person who is specified under this section within the
             95      categories listed as follows:
             96          (a) disability special group license plates issued in accordance with Section 41-1a-420 ;
             97          (b) honor special group license plates, as in a war hero, which plates are issued for a:
             98          (i) survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor;
             99          (ii) former prisoner of war;
             100          (iii) recipient of a Purple Heart;
             101          (iv) disabled veteran; or
             102          (v) recipient of a gold star award issued by the United States Secretary of Defense;
             103          (c) unique vehicle type special group license plates, as for historical, collectors value,
             104      or other unique vehicle type, which plates are issued for:
             105          (i) a special interest vehicle;
             106          (ii) a vintage vehicle;
             107          (iii) a farm truck; or
             108          (iv) (A) until Subsection (1)(c)(iv)(B) applies, a vehicle powered by clean fuel as
             109      defined in Section 59-13-102 ; or
             110          (B) beginning on the effective date of rules made by the Department of Transportation
             111      authorized under Subsection 41-6a-702 (5)(b), a vehicle powered by clean fuel that meets the
             112      standards established by the Department of Transportation in rules authorized under Subsection
             113      41-6a-702 (5)(b);
             114          (d) recognition special group license plates, as in a public official or an emergency
             115      service giver, which plates are issued for a:
             116          (i) current member of the Legislature;
             117          (ii) current member of the United States Congress;
             118          (iii) current member of the National Guard;
             119          (iv) licensed amateur radio operator;
             120          (v) currently employed, volunteer, or retired firefighter until June 30, 2009;


             121          (vi) emergency medical technician;
             122          (vii) current member of a search and rescue team; or
             123          (viii) current honorary consulate designated by the United States Department of State;
             124      and
             125          (e) support special group license plates, as for a contributor to an institution or cause,
             126      which plates are issued for a contributor to:
             127          (i) an institution's scholastic scholarship fund;
             128          (ii) the Division of Wildlife Resources;
             129          (iii) the Department of Veterans' Affairs;
             130          (iv) the Division of Parks and Recreation;
             131          (v) the Department of Agriculture and Food;
             132          (vi) the Guardian Ad Litem Services Account and the Children's Museum of Utah;
             133          (vii) the Boy Scouts of America;
             134          (viii) spay and neuter programs through No More Homeless Pets in Utah;
             135          (ix) the Boys and Girls Clubs of America;
             136          (x) Utah public education;
             137          (xi) programs that provide support to organizations that create affordable housing for
             138      those in severe need through the Division of Real Estate;
             139          (xii) the Department of Public Safety;
             140          (xiii) programs that support Zion National Park;
             141          (xiv) beginning on July 1, 2009, programs that provide support to firefighter
             142      organizations; [or]
             143          (xv) programs that promote bicycle operation and safety awareness[.]; or
             144          (xvi) programs that create or support humanitarian service and educational and cultural
             145      exchanges.
             146          (2) (a) Beginning January 1, 2003, the division may not issue a new type of special
             147      group license plate unless the division receives:
             148          (i) a start-up fee established under Section 63J-1-504 for production and administrative
             149      costs for providing the new special group license plates; or
             150          (ii) a legislative appropriation for the start-up fee provided under Subsection (2)(a)(i).
             151          (b) (i) Beginning on July 1, 2009, the division may not renew a motor vehicle


             152      registration of a motor vehicle that has been issued a firefighter recognition special group
             153      license plate unless the applicant is a contributor as defined in Subsection
             154      41-1a-422 (1)(a)(ii)(D) to the Firefighter Support Restricted Account.
             155          (ii) A registered owner of a vehicle that has been issued a firefighter recognition
             156      special group license plate prior to July 1, 2009, upon renewal of the owner's motor vehicle
             157      registration shall:
             158          (A) be a contributor to the Firefighter Support Restricted Account as required under
             159      Subsection (2)(b)[(ii)](i); or
             160          (B) replace the firefighter recognition special group license plate with a new license
             161      plate.
             162          (3) (a) A sponsoring organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under Internal
             163      Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) may request the commission to authorize a new type of
             164      special group license plate for the sponsoring organization. The sponsoring organization shall:
             165          (i) collect a minimum of 200 applications; and
             166          (ii) pay a start-up fee established under Section 63J-1-504 for production and
             167      administrative costs for providing the new type of special group license plates.
             168          (b) If the provisions of Subsection (3)(a) are met, the commission shall approve the
             169      request and the division shall:
             170          (i) design a license plate in accordance with Section 41-1a-419 ; and
             171          (ii) issue the new type of special group license plates.
             172          Section 4. Section 41-1a-422 is amended to read:
             173           41-1a-422. Support special group license plates -- Contributor -- Voluntary
             174      contribution collection procedures.
             175          (1) As used in this section:
             176          (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(a)(ii), "contributor" means a person who
             177      has donated or in whose name at least $25 has been donated to:
             178          (A) a scholastic scholarship fund of a single named institution;
             179          (B) the Department of Veterans' Affairs for veterans' programs;
             180          (C) the Division of Wildlife Resources for the Wildlife Resources Account created in
             181      Section 23-14-13 , for conservation of wildlife and the enhancement, preservation, protection,
             182      access, and management of wildlife habitat;


             183          (D) the Department of Agriculture and Food for the benefit of conservation districts;
             184          (E) the Division of Parks and Recreation for the benefit of snowmobile programs;
             185          (F) the Guardian Ad Litem Services Account and the Children's Museum of Utah, with
             186      the donation evenly divided between the two;
             187          (G) the Boy Scouts of America for the benefit of a Utah Boy Scouts of America
             188      council as specified by the contributor;
             189          (H) No More Homeless Pets in Utah for distribution to organizations or individuals
             190      that provide spay and neuter programs that subsidize the sterilization of domestic animals;
             191          (I) the Utah Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc. to provide and enhance youth
             192      development programs;
             193          (J) the Utah Association of Public School Foundations to support public education;
             194          (K) the Utah Housing Opportunity Restricted Account created in Section 61-2-28 to
             195      assist people who have severe housing needs;
             196          (L) the Public Safety Honoring Heroes Restricted Account created in Section 53-1-118
             197      to support the families of fallen Utah Highway Patrol troopers and other Department of Public
             198      Safety employees;
             199          (M) the Division of Parks and Recreation for distribution to organizations that provide
             200      support for Zion National Park;
             201          (N) the Firefighter Support Restricted Account created in Section 53-7-109 to support
             202      firefighter organizations; [or]
             203          (O) the Share the Road Bicycle Support Restricted Account created in Section
             204      72-2-127 to support bicycle operation and safety awareness programs[.]; or
             205          (P) Humanitarian Service and Educational and Cultural Exchange Restricted Account
             206      created in Section 9-17-102 to support humanitarian service and educational and cultural
             207      programs.
             208          (ii) (A) For a veterans' special group license plate, "contributor" means a person who
             209      has donated or in whose name at least a $25 donation at the time of application and $10 annual
             210      donation thereafter has been made.
             211          (B) For a Utah Housing Opportunity special group license plate, "contributor" means a
             212      person who:
             213          (I) has donated or in whose name at least $30 has been donated at the time of


             214      application and annually after the time of application; and
             215          (II) is a member of a trade organization for real estate licensees that has more than
             216      15,000 Utah members.
             217          (C) For an Honoring Heroes special group license plate, "contributor" means a person
             218      who has donated or in whose name at least $35 has been donated at the time of application and
             219      annually thereafter.
             220          (D) For a firefighter support special group license plate, "contributor" means a person
             221      who:
             222          (I) has donated or in whose name at least $15 has been donated at the time of
             223      application and annually after the time of application; and
             224          (II) is a currently employed, volunteer, or retired firefighter.
             225          (b) "Institution" means a state institution of higher education as defined under Section
             226      53B-3-102 or a private institution of higher education in the state accredited by a regional or
             227      national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
             228          (2) (a) An applicant for original or renewal collegiate special group license plates under
             229      Subsection (1)(a)(i) must be a contributor to the institution named in the application and
             230      present the original contribution verification form under Subsection (2)(b) or make a
             231      contribution to the division at the time of application under Subsection (3).
             232          (b) An institution with a support special group license plate shall issue to a contributor
             233      a verification form designed by the commission containing:
             234          (i) the name of the contributor;
             235          (ii) the institution to which a donation was made;
             236          (iii) the date of the donation; and
             237          (iv) an attestation that the donation was for a scholastic scholarship.
             238          (c) The state auditor may audit each institution to verify that the moneys collected by
             239      the institutions from contributors are used for scholastic scholarships.
             240          (d) After an applicant has been issued collegiate license plates or renewal decals, the
             241      commission shall charge the institution whose plate was issued, a fee determined in accordance
             242      with Section 63J-1-504 for management and administrative expenses incurred in issuing and
             243      renewing the collegiate license plates.
             244          (e) If the contribution is made at the time of application, the contribution shall be


             245      collected, treated, and deposited as provided under Subsection (3).
             246          (3) (a) An applicant for original or renewal support special group license plates under
             247      this section must be a contributor to the sponsoring organization associated with the license
             248      plate.
             249          (b) This contribution shall be:
             250          (i) unless collected by the named institution under Subsection (2), collected by the
             251      division;
             252          (ii) considered a voluntary contribution for the funding of the activities specified under
             253      this section and not a motor vehicle registration fee;
             254          (iii) deposited into the appropriate account less actual administrative costs associated
             255      with issuing the license plates; and
             256          (iv) for a firefighter special group license plate, deposited into the appropriate account
             257      less:
             258          (A) the costs of reordering firefighter special group license plate decals; and
             259          (B) the costs of replacing recognition special group license plates with new license
             260      plates under Subsection 41-1a-1211 (13).
             261          (c) The donation described in Subsection (1)(a) must be made in the 12 months prior to
             262      registration or renewal of registration.
             263          (d) The donation described in Subsection (1)(a) shall be a one-time donation made to
             264      the division when issuing original:
             265          (i) snowmobile license plates; or
             266          (ii) conservation license plates.
             267          (4) Veterans' license plates shall display one of the symbols representing the Army,
             268      Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or American Legion.
             269          Section 5. Effective date.
             270          This bill takes effect on October 1, 2010.




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