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SENATE BILL NO. 1503 – MV license plate, Famous Potatoes


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S1503.....................................................by TRANSPORTATION
MOTOR VEHICLE - LICENSE PLATES - Adds to existing law to create a "Famous
Potatoes" special motor vehicle license plate program.
02/21    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/22    Rpt prt - to Transp
02/25    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/28    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/02    3rd rdg - PASSED - 35-0-0
      AYES -- Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes,
      Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King-Barrutia, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh,
      Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner,
      Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth, Williams
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsor - Parry
    Title apvd - to House
03/03    House intro - 1st rdg - to Transp
03/15    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/16    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/29    3rd rdg - PASSED - 56-7-7
      AYES -- Barraclough, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe, Callister, Campbell,
      Chase, Cheirrett, Clark, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13),
      Field(20), Hadley, Hammond, Hansen(23), Hansen(29), Henbest,
      Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Judd, Kellogg, Kempton, Kendell, Kunz, Lake,
      Linford, Loertscher, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery, Mortensen,
      Moss, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Ridinger, Ringo, Robison,
      Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smylie, Stevenson, Stoicheff, Stone,
      Taylor, Trail, Wood, Zimmermann
      NAYS -- Alltus, Bruneel, Gagner, Gould, Sali, Smith, Tilman
      Absent and excused -- Barrett, Crow, Geddes, Mader, Moyle, Wheeler,
      Mr Speaker
    Floor Sponsor - Ridinger
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/30    To enrol - rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/31    Sp signed
04/03    To Governor
04/04    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 193
         Effective: 01/01/01

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-fifth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2000
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1503
                                BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  7    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  8        SECTION 1.  That Section 49-402, Idaho Code, be, and the  same  is  hereby
  9    amended to read as follows:
 10        49-402.  ANNUAL REGISTRATION. (1) The annual fee for operating each pickup
 11    truck and each other motor vehicle having a maximum gross weight not in excess
 12    of eight thousand (8,000) pounds shall be:
 13        Vehicles one (1) and two (2) years old ............................ $48.00
 14        Vehicles three (3) and four (4) years old ......................... $36.00
 15        Vehicles five (5) and six (6) years old ........................... $36.00
 16        Vehicles seven (7) and eight (8) years old ........................ $24.00
 17        Vehicles over eight (8) years old ................................. $24.00
 18        There  shall  be twelve (12) registration periods, starting in January for
 19    holders of validation registration stickers numbered 1, and proceeding consec-
 20    utively through December for holders of validation registration stickers  num-
 21    bered  12,  each of which shall start on the first day of a calendar month and
 22    end on the last day of the twelfth month from the first day of  the  beginning
 23    month.  Registration periods shall expire midnight on the last day of the reg-
 24    istration period  in  the  year  designated  by  the  validation  registration
 25    sticker.  The  numeral digit on the validation registration stickers shall, as
 26    does the registration card, fix the registration period  under  the  staggered
 27    plate  system of Idaho for the purpose of reregistration and notice of expira-
 28    tion.
 29        A vehicle that has once been registered for any of  the  above  designated
 30    periods  shall,  upon reregistration, be registered for the period bearing the
 31    same number, and the registration card shall show and be the  exclusive  proof
 32    of  the  expiration  date  of registration and licensing. Vehicles may be ini-
 33    tially registered for less than a twelve (12) month period, or for more than a
 34    twelve (12) month period, and the fee prorated on a monthly basis if the frac-
 35    tional registration tends to fulfill the purpose of the monthly series  regis-
 36    tration system.
 37        (2)  For all motorcycles and  all-terrain vehicles the annual fee shall be
 38    nine dollars ($9.00). For operation of an ATV off the public highways, the fee
 39    specified  in  section  67-7122,  Idaho Code, shall also be paid. Registration
 40    exemptions provided in section 49-426(2), Idaho  Code,  apply  to  all-terrain
 41    vehicles  and  motorcycles  used for the purposes described in that subsection
 42    (2).
 43        (3)  For all motor homes the fee shall be as specified in  subsection  (1)
  1    of  this  section and shall be in addition to the fees provided for in section
  2    49-445, Idaho Code.
  3        (4)  Registration fees shall not be subject to refund.
  4        (5)  A financial institution  or  repossession  service  contracted  to  a
  5    financial    institution  repossessing  vehicles under the terms of a security
  6    agreement shall move the vehicle from the place of repossession to the  finan-
  7    cial institution's place of business on a repossession plate. The repossession
  8    plate  shall  also be used for demonstrating the vehicle to a prospective pur-
  9    chaser for a period not to exceed ninety-six (96) hours. The registration fees
 10    for repossession plates shall be as required in subsection (1) of this section
 11    for a vehicle one (1) and two (2) years old. All  other  fees  required  under
 12    chapter 4, title 49, Idaho Code, shall be in addition to the registration fee.
 13    The repossession plate shall be issued on an annual basis by the department.
 14        (6)  In  addition  to  the  annual registration fee in this section, there
 15    shall be an initial program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and an  annual
 16    program fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) for all special license plate programs
 17    for  those license plates issued pursuant to sections 49-404A, 49-407, 49-408,
 18    49-409, 49-414, 49-416 and 49-418, Idaho Code. For special plates issued  pur-
 19    suant  to  sections  49-406 and 49-406A, Idaho Code, there shall be an initial
 20    program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00)  but  there  shall  be  no  annual
 21    renewal  fee.  For special plates issued pursuant to sections 49-417, 49-417A,
 22    49-417B, 49-417C, 49-418A, 49-419, 49-419A and 49-420, Idaho Code, there shall
 23    be an initial program fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) and an  annual  pro-
 24    gram  fee  of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). For special plates issued pursuant
 25    to section 49-418A, Idaho Code, the initial program fee and the annual renewal
 26    fee shall be fifty dollars ($50.00). The fees  contained  in  this  subsection
 27    shall be applicable to all new special plate programs. The initial program fee
 28    and  the annual program fee shall be deposited as in the state highway account
 29    and shall be used to fund the cost of administration of special license  plate
 30    programs, unless otherwise specified by law. for each program.
 31        SECTION  2.  That  Chapter  4,  Title  49, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
 32    hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and  des-
 33    ignated as Section 49-417C, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
 34        49-417C.  FAMOUS  POTATOES  LICENSE  PLATES.  (1)  On and after January 1,
 35    2001, any person who is the owner of a vehicle registered under the provisions
 36    of section 49-402, Idaho Code, or registered under any other  section  of  law
 37    for  which  the purchase of special plates is allowed, may apply for and, upon
 38    department approval, receive special famous potatoes license plates in lieu of
 39    regular license plates. Availability of famous  potatoes  license  plates  for
 40    other  vehicles  shall be subject to the rules, policies and procedures of the
 41    department.
 42        (2)  In addition to the regular registration fee required  in  chapter  4,
 43    title 49, Idaho Code, the applicant shall be charged a fee of thirty-five dol-
 44    lars  ($35.00)  for  the  initial  issuance of plates, and twenty-five dollars
 45    ($25.00) upon each succeeding annual registration. Ten dollars ($10.00) of the
 46    initial fee and ten dollars ($10.00) of the renewal fee shall be deposited  in
 47    the state highway account and shall be used to fund the cost of administration
 48    of  this  special  license plate program. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) of each
 49    initial fee and fifteen dollars ($15.00) of each renewal fee shall  be  trans-
 50    ferred  by the state treasurer to the Idaho potato commission created in chap-
 51    ter 12, title 22, Idaho Code, and shall be used exclusively for  the  purposes
 52    described in subsection 14. of section 22-1207, Idaho Code.
 53        (3)  Whenever  title  or interest in a vehicle registered under the provi-
  1    sions of this section is transferred or assigned, the owner may  transfer  the
  2    special  plates to another vehicle upon payment of the required transfer fees.
  3    The owner may only display the plates on another vehicle upon receipt  of  the
  4    new registration from the department.
  5        (4)  The  famous  potatoes license plate shall be of a color and design in
  6    accordance with the provisions of section 49-402C,  Idaho  Code.  The  distin-
  7    guishing  feature of the license plate shall be a representation of a prepared
  8    Idaho potato with a melting pat of butter. The design and any  slogan  on  the
  9    plate shall be acceptable to the Idaho potato commission and shall be approved
 10    by  the  department  utilizing a numbering system as determined by the depart-
 11    ment. Initial costs of the plate program, including  costs  of  plate  design,
 12    shall be paid by the Idaho potato commission.
 13        (5)  Sample  famous  potatoes license plates may be purchased for a fee of
 14    thirty dollars ($30.00), ten dollars ($10.00) of which shall be  deposited  in
 15    the state highway account and twenty dollars ($20.00) of which shall be trans-
 16    ferred  to the Idaho potato commission. No additional fee shall be charged for
 17    personalizing sample plates.
 18        SECTION 3.  This act shall be in full force and effect on and after  Janu-
 19    ary 1, 2001.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
          Idaho has a long history of creative license plate designs. In fact, we pioneered the
     concept. In 1928, Idaho became the first state in the nation to feature a graphic design on a license
     plate by proudly displaying an impressive Idaho potato that filled the entire plate. In 1948 and
     1949 the "Famous Potato" was in the form of a decal complete with a pat of butter. 
          This legislation provides for a specialty license plate to recognize the contribution the
     "Famous Idaho Potato" has made to our great state, as well as the positive impact of the Idaho
     dairy industry. A potato design will appear on 
     the left side of the plate and the phrase "Famous Potatoes" across the bottom of the plate. 
          Funds from the sale of this license plate will be deposited into the "Idaho Potato Research
     Account" to carry on research and studies in connection with the raising, production, and
     marketing of potatoes (Section 22-1207 IC). Upon initial issuance of the license plate, a fee of $35
     will be charged in addition to customary fees.    Of this amount, $10 will go to the Department of
     Transportation, and $25 will be transferred to the Idaho Potato Commission. Upon renewal, a
     charge of $25 will be assessed, of which $10 will go to the Department of Transportation, and $15
     will be transferred to the Idaho Potato Commission. 
                     FISCAL NOTE 
          The cost of computer programming is estimated in the range of $4,000 to $6,000 based
     on an estimated 80 hours of programming at $65 an hour, the current contract programming rate.
     Actual programming and design costs will be paid by the Idaho Potato Commission. 
          The legislature provides that $10 of the program fee will go to the State Highway
     Account to cover administration costs. The remainder of the program fee will go to Idaho Potato
     Commission. Actual revenue generated will be proportionate to plate sales. 
     CONTACT: Senator Atwell Parry
                                                                      STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                                    S1503