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SENATE BILL NO. 1131 – MV license plate/Support Our Troops


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S1131.....................................................by TRANSPORTATION
LICENSE PLATE - SUPPORT OUR TROOPS - Amends and adds to existing law to
establish a Support Our Troops special license plate program.
02/12    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/13    Rpt prt - to Transp
03/02    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/05    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/06    3rd rdg - PASSED - 24-11-0
      AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Bilyeu, Burkett, Cameron, Coiner,
      Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Goedde, Heinrich, Hill, Kelly,
      Keough, Langhorst, McGee, McKague, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder,
      Siddoway, Stennett
      NAYS -- Broadsword, Corder, Geddes, Hammond, Jorgenson, Little,
      Lodge, Malepeai, McKenzie, Stegner, Werk
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsors - Heinrich & Langhorst
    Title apvd - to House
03/07    House intro - 1st rdg - to Transp
03/15    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/16    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/22    3rd rdg - PASSED - 61-4-5
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black,
      Block, Bock, Boe, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew,
      Collins, Crane, Durst, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart, Henbest,
      Henderson, Jaquet, Killen, King, Kren, Labrador, Lake, LeFavour,
      Loertscher, Luker(Luker), Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin, Nielsen,
      Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Pence, Raybould, Ring, Ringo, Ruchti,
      Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley, Shively,
      Smith(30), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Vander Woude, Wills,
      Wood(27), Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Clark, Roberts, Rusche, Wood(35)
      Absent and excused -- Harwood, Mortimer, Moyle, Smith(24), Thayn
    Floor Sponsors - Shepherd(2) & Nonini
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/23    To enrol
03/26    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed - To Governor
03/29    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 256
         Effective: 01/01/08

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2007
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1131
                                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,  each neighborhood electric vehicle and each other motor vehicle having
 12    a maximum gross weight not in excess of eight thousand  (8,000)  pounds  shall
 13    be:
 14        Vehicles one (1) and two (2) years old ............................ $48.00
 15        Vehicles three (3) and four (4) years old ......................... $36.00
 16        Vehicles five (5) and six (6) years old ........................... $36.00
 17        Vehicles seven (7) and eight (8) years old ........................ $24.00
 18        Vehicles over eight (8) years old ................................. $24.00
 19        There  shall  be twelve (12) registration periods, starting in January for
 20    holders of validation registration stickers numbered 1, and proceeding consec-
 21    utively through December for holders of validation registration stickers  num-
 22    bered  12,  each of which shall start on the first day of a calendar month and
 23    end on the last day of the twelfth month from the first day of  the  beginning
 24    month.  Registration periods shall expire midnight on the last day of the reg-
 25    istration period  in  the  year  designated  by  the  validation  registration
 26    sticker.  The  numeral digit on the validation registration stickers shall, as
 27    does the registration card, fix the registration period  under  the  staggered
 28    plate  system of Idaho for the purpose of reregistration and notice of expira-
 29    tion.
 30        A vehicle that has once been registered for any of  the  above  designated
 31    periods  shall,  upon reregistration, be registered for the period bearing the
 32    same number, and the registration card shall show and be the  exclusive  proof
 33    of  the  expiration  date  of registration and licensing. Vehicles may be ini-
 34    tially registered for less than a twelve (12) month period, or for more than a
 35    twelve (12) month period, and the fee prorated on a monthly basis if the frac-
 36    tional registration tends to fulfill the purpose of the monthly series  regis-
 37    tration system.
 38        (2)  For all school buses operated either by a nonprofit, nonpublic school
 39    or  operated  pursuant to a service contract with a school district for trans-
 40    porting children to or from school  or  in  connection  with  school  approved
 41    activities, the annual fee shall be twenty-four dollars ($24.00).
 42        (3)  For all motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles operated upon the public
 43    highways  the  annual  fee  shall be nine dollars ($9.00). For operation of an
  1    all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle off the public highways, the  fee  specified
  2    in  section  67-7122,  Idaho Code, shall be paid. Registration exemptions pro-
  3    vided in section 49-426(2), (3) and (4),  Idaho  Code,  apply  to  all-terrain
  4    vehicles  and  motorcycles used for the purposes described in subsections (2),
  5    (3) and (4) of section 49-426, Idaho Code.
  6        (4)  For all motor homes the fee shall be as specified in  subsection  (1)
  7    of   this section and shall be in addition to the fees provided for in section
  8    49-445, Idaho Code.
  9        (5)  Registration fees shall not be subject to refund.
 10        (6)  A financial institution  or  repossession  service  contracted  to  a
 11    financial  institution  repossessing  vehicles  under  the terms of a security
 12    agreement shall move the vehicle from the place of repossession to the  finan-
 13    cial institution's place of business on a repossession plate. The repossession
 14    plate  shall  also be used for demonstrating the vehicle to a prospective pur-
 15    chaser for a period not to exceed ninety-six (96) hours. The registration fees
 16    for repossession plates shall be as required in subsection (1) of this section
 17    for a vehicle one (1) and two (2) years old. All  other  fees  required  under
 18    chapter 4, title 49, Idaho Code, shall be in addition to the registration fee.
 19    The repossession plate shall be issued on an annual basis by the department.
 20        (7)  In  addition  to  the  annual registration fee in this section, there
 21    shall be an initial program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and an  annual
 22    program fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) for all special license plate programs
 23    for  those license plates issued pursuant to sections 49-404A, 49-407, 49-408,
 24    49-409, 49-414, 49-416, 49-418 and 49-418D, Idaho  Code.  For  special  plates
 25    issued  pursuant to sections 49-406 and 49-406A, Idaho Code, there shall be an
 26    initial program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00)  but  there  shall  be  no
 27    annual  renewal  fee.  For special plates issued pursuant to sections 49-415C,
 28    49-415D,  49-416A,  49-416B,  49-416C,  49-416D,  49-416E,  49-417,   49-417A,
 29    49-417B,   49-417C,  49-418A,  49-418B,  49-418C,  49-418E,  49-419,  49-419A,
 30    49-419B, 49-419C, 49-419D, 49-420, 49-420A, 49-420B, 49-420C, 49-420D, 49-420E
 31    and 49-420G, Idaho Code, there shall be an initial program fee of  thirty-five
 32    dollars  ($35.00)  and  an annual program fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
 33    The fees contained in this subsection shall be applicable to all  new  special
 34    plate  programs.  The  initial program fee and the annual program fee shall be
 35    deposited in the state highway account and shall be used to fund the  cost  of
 36    administration  of  special license plate programs, unless otherwise specified
 37    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 49-415D, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
 41        49-415D.  SUPPORT OUR TROOPS PLATES. (1) On and after January 1, 2008, any
 42    person who is the owner of a vehicle registered under the provisions  of  sec-
 43    tion  49-402,  Idaho  Code,  or  registered under any other section of law for
 44    which the purchase of special plates is  allowed,  may  apply  for  and,  upon
 45    department approval, receive support our troops license plates in lieu of reg-
 46    ular  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 support our troops license plates for other
 49    vehicles shall be subject to the rules, policies and procedures of the depart-
 50    ment.
 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 Idaho support our troops,
  7    inc.'s principal office located in Boise, Idaho, and  shall  be  used  by  the
  8    Idaho  support our troops, inc. as administrator of the funds, to provide sup-
  9    port  and  assistance to the children, dependents and spouses of military ser-
 10    vice members and armed forces members of the army,  navy,  air  force,  marine
 11    corps, national guard, coast guard and air national guard and reserves.
 12        (3)  Whenever  title  or interest in a vehicle registered under the provi-
 13    sions of this section is transferred or assigned, the owner may  transfer  the
 14    special  plates to another vehicle upon payment of the required transfer fees.
 15    The owner may only display the plates on another vehicle upon receipt  of  the
 16    new registration from the department.
 17        (4)  The  support  our troops license plate shall be of a color and design
 18    in accordance with the provisions of section 49-402C, Idaho Code.  The  design
 19    and  any  slogan on the plate shall be acceptable to the board of directors of
 20    the Idaho support our troops, inc. and shall be approved by the  Idaho  trans-
 21    portation department utilizing a numbering system as determined by the depart-
 22    ment.  Initial  costs  of  the plate program, including costs of plate design,
 23    shall be paid by the Idaho support our troops, inc.
 24        (5)  Sample support our troops license plates may be purchased for  a  fee
 25    of  thirty  dollars ($30.00), ten dollars ($10.00) of which shall be deposited
 26    in the state highway account and twenty dollars ($20.00)  of  which  shall  be
 27    transferred  to  the Idaho support our troops, inc.'s principal office located
 28    in Boise, Idaho, and shall be used to provide support and  assistance  to  the
 29    children,  dependents and spouses of military service members and armed forces
 30    members of the army, navy, air force,  marine  corps,  national  guard,  coast
 31    guard and air national guard and reserves.
 32        SECTION  3.  This act shall be in full force and effect on and after Janu-
 33    ary 1, 2008.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 16990

This legislation would create a special, standardized design
license plate for a national 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that
is also incorporated in Idaho. The corporation is Support Our
Troops, Inc., a public charitable organization established
exclusively to support the families of the men and women from
Idaho who serve in all components of the United States Military.
Support Our Troops, Inc. is organized in all fifty states. To
date, 45 of the 50 states have created special license plates to
provide funding to Support Our Troops, Inc. It is anticipated
that by the end of this year such license plates will be
established in every state in the Union.

                           FISCAL NOTE

The proceeds from these license plates will be added to other
revenue sources available to Support Our Troops, Inc. to assist
Idaho's military families with their living, educational and
health care needs. Support Our Troops will work in conjunction
with the Idaho Guard and Reserve Families Support Fund, Inc." in
the distribution of funds to families.

Name:      Roy Eiguren, Debbie Field, or Bryan Whitlock
Phone:     208-859-1896

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                        S 1131