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SENATE BILL NO. 1091 – MV license plates, science/technlgy


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S1091.....................................................by TRANSPORTATION
LICENSE PLATES - Adds to and amends existing law to establish a science and
technology special license plate program.
02/04    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/07    Rpt prt - to Transp
02/16    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/17    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/21    3rd rdg - PASSED - 30-2-3
      AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett,
      Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Gannon,
      Geddes, Hill, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley,
      McGee, McKenzie, Noble, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Stennett,
      Sweet, Werk, Williams
      NAYS -- Little, Stegner
      Absent and excused -- Compton, Goedde, Jorgenson
    Floor Sponsor - Bunderson
    Title apvd - to House
02/22    House intro - 1st rdg - to Transp
03/03    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/04    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/09    3rd rdg - PASSED - 53-14-3
      AYES -- Anderson, Barraclough, Barrett, Bastian, Bilbao, Black,
      Block, Boe, Bolz, Cannon, Chadderdon, Collins, Deal, Denney,
      Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Hart,
      Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Kemp, LeFavour, Martinez,
      Mathews, McKague, Miller, Mitchell, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart,
      Pence, Raybould, Ring, Ringo, Rusche, Rydalch, Sayler, Shepherd(2),
      Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smylie, Snodgrass, Trail,
      Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Andrus, Bayer, Bell, Clark, Crow, Jones, Loertscher,
      McGeachin, Moyle, Roberts, Sali, Schaefer, Smith(24), Stevenson
      Absent and excused -- Bedke, Bradford, Lake
    Floor Sponsor - Rydalch
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/10    To enrol
03/11    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/14    Sp signed
03/15    To Governor
03/21    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 102
         Effective: 01/01/06

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1091
                                BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  9    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
 10        SECTION 1.  That Section 49-402, Idaho Code, be, and the  same  is  hereby
 11    amended to read as follows:
 12        49-402.  ANNUAL REGISTRATION. (1) The annual fee for operating each pickup
 13    truck and each other motor vehicle having a maximum gross weight not in excess
 14    of eight thousand (8,000) pounds shall be:
 15        Vehicles one (1) and two (2) years old ............................ $48.00
 16        Vehicles three (3) and four (4) years old ......................... $36.00
 17        Vehicles five (5) and six (6) years old ........................... $36.00
 18        Vehicles seven (7) and eight (8) years old ........................ $24.00
 19        Vehicles over eight (8) years old ................................. $24.00
 20        There  shall  be twelve (12) registration periods, starting in January for
 21    holders of validation registration stickers numbered 1, and proceeding consec-
 22    utively through December for holders of validation registration stickers  num-
 23    bered  12,  each of which shall start on the first day of a calendar month and
 24    end on the last day of the twelfth month from the first day of  the  beginning
 25    month.  Registration periods shall expire midnight on the last day of the reg-
 26    istration period  in  the  year  designated  by  the  validation  registration
 27    sticker.  The  numeral digit on the validation registration stickers shall, as
 28    does the registration card, fix the registration period  under  the  staggered
 29    plate  system of Idaho for the purpose of reregistration and notice of expira-
 30    tion.
 31        A vehicle that has once been registered for any of  the  above  designated
 32    periods  shall,  upon reregistration, be registered for the period bearing the
 33    same number, and the registration card shall show and be the  exclusive  proof
 34    of  the  expiration  date  of registration and licensing. Vehicles may be ini-
 35    tially registered for less than a twelve (12) month period, or for more than a
 36    twelve (12) month period, and the fee prorated on a monthly basis if the frac-
 37    tional registration tends to fulfill the purpose of the monthly series  regis-
 38    tration system.
 39        (2)  For all school buses operated either by a nonprofit, nonpublic school
 40    or  operated  pursuant to a service contract with a school district for trans-
 41    porting children to or from school  or  in  connection  with  school  approved
 42    activities, the annual fee shall be twenty-four dollars ($24.00).
 43        (3)  For all motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles operated upon the public
  1    highways  the  annual  fee  shall be nine dollars ($9.00). For operation of an
  2    all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle off the public highways, the  fee  specified
  3    in  section  67-7122,  Idaho Code, shall be paid. Registration exemptions pro-
  4    vided in section 49-426(2) and (3), Idaho Code, apply to all-terrain  vehicles
  5    and  motorcycles used for the purposes described in subsections (2) and (3) of
  6    section 49-426, Idaho Code.
  7        (4)  For all motor homes the fee shall be as specified in  subsection  (1)
  8    of  this  section and shall be in addition to the fees provided for in section
  9    49-445, Idaho Code.
 10        (5)  Registration fees shall not be subject to refund.
 11        (6)  A financial institution  or  repossession  service  contracted  to  a
 12    financial  institution  repossessing  vehicles  under  the terms of a security
 13    agreement shall move the vehicle from the place of repossession to the  finan-
 14    cial institution's place of business on a repossession plate. The repossession
 15    plate  shall  also be used for demonstrating the vehicle to a prospective pur-
 16    chaser for a period not to exceed ninety-six (96) hours. The registration fees
 17    for repossession plates shall be as required in subsection (1) of this section
 18    for a vehicle one (1) and two (2) years old. All  other  fees  required  under
 19    chapter 4, title 49, Idaho Code, shall be in addition to the registration fee.
 20    The repossession plate shall be issued on an annual basis by the department.
 21        (7)  In  addition  to  the  annual registration fee in this section, there
 22    shall be an initial program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and an  annual
 23    program fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) for all special license plate programs
 24    for  those license plates issued pursuant to sections 49-404A, 49-407, 49-408,
 25    49-409, 49-414, 49-416, 49-418 and 49-418D, Idaho  Code.  For  special  plates
 26    issued  pursuant to sections 49-406 and 49-406A, Idaho Code, there shall be an
 27    initial program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00)  but  there  shall  be  no
 28    annual  renewal  fee.  For special plates issued pursuant to sections 49-416A,
 29    49-416C, 49-417, 49-417A, 49-417B, 49-417C, 49-418A, 49-418B, 49-418C, 49-419,
 30    49-419A,  49-419B,  49-419C,  49-419D,  49-420,  49-420A,  49-420B,   49-420C,
 31    49-420D,  49-420E  and  49-420G, Idaho Code, there shall be an initial program
 32    fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) and an annual program fee  of  twenty-five
 33    dollars ($25.00). The fees contained in this subsection shall be applicable to
 34    all new special plate programs. The initial program fee and the annual program
 35    fee  shall be deposited in the state highway account and shall be used to fund
 36    the cost of administration of special license plate programs, unless otherwise
 37    specified by law.
 38        SECTION 2.  That Chapter 4, Title 49, Idaho Code,  be,  and  the  same  is
 39    hereby  amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
 40    ignated as Section 49-416C, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
 41        49-416C.  SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PLATES. (1) Any person who is  the  owner
 42    of  a  vehicle registered under the provisions of section 49-402 or 49-431(1),
 43    Idaho Code, or registered under any other section of law for  which  the  pur-
 44    chase  of  special  plates  is  allowed,  may  apply  for and, upon department
 45    approval, receive special science and technology license  plates  in  lieu  of
 46    regular  license plates. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any
 47    vehicle with a  registered  maximum  gross  weight  over  twenty-six  thousand
 48    (26,000)  pounds.  Availability  of  science and technology license plates for
 49    other vehicles shall be subject to the rules, policies and procedures  of  the
 50    department.
 51        (2)  In  addition  to  the regular registration fee required in chapter 4,
 52    title 49, Idaho Code, the applicant shall be charged a fee of thirty-five dol-
 53    lars ($35.00) for the initial issuance  of  plates,  and  twenty-five  dollars
  1    ($25.00) upon each succeeding annual registration. Ten dollars ($10.00) of the
  2    initial  fee and ten dollars ($10.00) of the renewal fee shall be deposited in
  3    the state highway account and shall be used to fund the cost of administration
  4    of this special license plate program. Twenty-five dollars  ($25.00)  of  each
  5    initial  fee and fifteen dollars  ($15.00) of each renewal fee shall be trans-
  6    ferred by the state treasurer for deposit to the office of  science and  tech-
  7    nology  fund  created in section 67-4725, Idaho Code, and shall be used by the
  8    science technology division of the department of commerce for attracting  sci-
  9    ence  and  technology  companies  to  locate or to expand their operations  in
 10    Idaho.
 11        (3)  Whenever title or interest in a vehicle registered under  the  provi-
 12    sions  of  this section is transferred or assigned, the owner may transfer the
 13    special plates to another vehicle upon payment of the required transfer  fees.
 14    The  owner  may only display the plates on another vehicle upon receipt of the
 15    new registration from the department.
 16        (4)  The science and technology license plate shall  be  of  a  color  and
 17    design  in  accordance with the provisions of section 49-402C, Idaho Code. The
 18    design and any slogan on the plate shall be acceptable to the director of  the
 19    department  of commerce and labor and shall be approved by the Idaho transpor-
 20    tation department utilizing a numbering system as determined  by  the  depart-
 21    ment.  Initial  costs  of  the plate program, including costs of plate design,
 22    shall be paid by the department of commerce and labor.
 23        (5)  Sample science and technology license plates may be purchased  for  a
 24    fee  of thirty dollars ($30.00), ten dollars ($10.00) of which shall be depos-
 25    ited in the state highway account and twenty dollars ($20.00) of  which  shall
 26    be transferred to the office of science and technology fund, and shall be used
 27    by  the office for attracting science and technology companies to locate or to
 28    expand their operations in Idaho.
 29        SECTION 3.  That Chapter 47, Title 67, Idaho Code, be,  and  the  same  is
 30    hereby  amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
 31    ignated as Section 67-4725, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
 32        67-4725.  OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FUND. There is  hereby  created
 33    in the state treasury the office of science and technology fund. Moneys in the
 34    fund  shall consist of funds received pursuant to section 49-416C, Idaho Code,
 35    grants, federal moneys, donations or funds from any other  source.  Moneys  in
 36    the  fund  may  be expended pursuant to appropriation. The fund balance in the
 37    fund may be appropriated annually to the office of science and technology. The
 38    treasurer shall invest all idle moneys in the fund. Any interest earned on the
 39    investment of idle moneys shall be returned to the fund.
 40        SECTION 4.  This act shall be in full force and effect on and after  Janu-
 41    ary 1, 2006.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                      STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 14763C1

The purpose of this legislation is to promote Idaho as a science
and technology state and generate funds for Office of Science and
Technology programs.

The industries that will underpin Idaho's economy in the 21st
century will consist of businesses that produce or effectively
use science and technology.

In 2002-2004, the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor reports
that 70 % of Idaho's exported goods were high tech. Food and
agriculture exports comprised 15% of the total. The balance was
wood, building materials, fertilizer and other. 
If the value of exported intellectual assets, such as that
produced by several thousand Idaho research scientists and
engineers was known and added to the high tech exported goods
number, the high tech percentage would be substantially higher.
Consistent with other special license plates, those purchasing
the license plate will pay $35 initial issuance of plates and $25
upon each succeeding annual registration. $25 of each initial fee
and $15 of each renewal fee will go to the Office of Science and
Technology. ITD charges plate originating costs to the
not-for-profit entity of up to $10,000.

                    Fiscal Impact

No negative fiscal impact as ITD is reimbursed by proceeds from
license plate sales. On the other hand, passage of this
legislation will likely have a significant positive effect on
revenues for Office of Science and Technology. There is
considerable interest in the science and technology business
community to have their own license plate. In fact, upon passage
of this legislation certain science and technology businesses
will initiate and finance a statewide contest in schools and
industry for the winning license plate design (all in conformity
with ITD standards).

Contact person:
               Senator Hal Bunderson 332-1320
               Representative Ann Rydalch 332-1231

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                      S 1091