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HOUSE BILL NO. 355<br /> – License plates, capitol comm


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H0355......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
LICENSE PLATES - CAPITOL COMMISSION - Amends existing law to delete the
expiration date for issuance of Capitol Commission specialty license

01/16    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/17    Rpt prt - to Transp
01/23    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
01/24    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
01/25    3rd rdg - PASSED - 56-1-13
      AYES -- Andrus, Bayer, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Bock, Boe, Bolz,
      Bowers, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew, Collins, Crane,
      Durst, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet,
      Killen, King, Kren, Labrador, Lake, LeFavour, Loertscher, Luker,
      Marriott, Mathews, Mortimer, Moyle, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick,
      Pence, Raybould, Ringo, Roberts, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler,
      Shepherd(08), Shirley, Shively, Thomas, Trail, Vander Woude, Wills,
      Wood(27), Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Barrett
      Absent and excused -- Anderson, Bedke, Clark, McGeachin, Nielsen,
      Schaefer, Shepherd(02), Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Stevenson,
      Thayn, Wood(35)
    Floor Sponsor - Roberts
    Title apvd - to Senate
01/28    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Transp
02/01    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/04    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/11    3rd rdg - PASSED - 29-5-1
      AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Bilyeu, Broadsword, Burkett,
      Cameron, Coiner, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde,
      Hammond, Heinrich, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Lodge,
      Malepeai(Sagness), McGee, McKague, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Werk
      NAYS -- Corder, Little, Schroeder, Siddoway, Stegner
      Absent and excused -- Stennett
    Floor Sponsor - President Pro Tempore Geddes
    Title apvd - to House
02/12    To enrol
02/13    Rpt enrol - Sp signed
02/14    Pres signed
02/15    To Governor
02/19    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 14
         Effective: 07/01/08

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2008


                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                     HOUSE BILL NO. 355

                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

  1                                        AN ACT

  4    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

  5        SECTION 1.  That Section 49-420A, Idaho Code, be, and the same  is  hereby
  6    amended to read as follows:

  7        49-420A.  IDAHO  STATE CAPITOL COMMISSION PLATES. (1) On and after January
  8    1, 2002, and through December 31, 2012, any person who is the owner of a vehi-
  9    cle registered under the provisions of section 49-402, Idaho Code,  or  regis-
 10    tered  under any other section of law for which the purchase of special plates
 11    is allowed, may apply for and, upon department approval, receive special Idaho
 12    state capitol commission plates in lieu of  regular  license  plates.  On  and
 13    after  January  1, 2013, the department shall not issue new plates pursuant to
 14    this section nor shall it renew any plates previously issued under  this  sec-
 15    tion,  the  provisions  of section 49-443, Idaho Code, relating to time period
 16    for validity of plates, notwithstanding.
 17        (2)  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any vehicle with  a
 18    registered  maximum  gross  weight  over  twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds.
 19    Availability of Idaho state capitol commission plates for other vehicles shall
 20    be subject to the rules, policies and procedures of the department.
 21        (3)  In addition to the regular registration fee required  in  chapter  4,
 22    title 49, Idaho Code, the applicant shall be charged a fee of thirty-five dol-
 23    lars  ($35.00)  for  the  initial  issuance of plates, and twenty-five dollars
 24    ($25.00) upon each succeeding annual registration. Ten dollars ($10.00) of the
 25    initial fee and ten dollars ($10.00) of the renewal fee shall be deposited  in
 26    the state highway account and shall be used to fund the cost of administration
 27    of  this  special  license plate program. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) of each
 28    initial fee and fifteen dollars ($15.00) of each renewal fee shall  be  depos-
 29    ited  by the state treasurer in the Idaho capitol endowment income fund estab-
 30    lished in section 67-1611, Idaho Code, and shall be used exclusively  for  the
 31    purposes of chapter 16, title 67, Idaho Code.
 32        (4)  Whenever  title  or interest in a vehicle registered under the provi-
 33    sions of this section is transferred or assigned, the owner may  transfer  the
 34    special  plates to another vehicle upon payment of the required transfer fees.
 35    The owner may only display the plates on another vehicle upon receipt  of  the
 36    new registration from the department.
 37        (5)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of section 49-402C, Idaho Code, the
 38    Idaho state capitol commission license plate shall be of a  color  and  design
 39    acceptable to the Idaho state capitol commission, except that the word "Idaho"
 40    shall  appear on each plate and the county designator shall be omitted to pro-
 41    vide for distinguishing designs and slogans. The design shall be  approved  by
 42    the  department, utilizing a numbering system as determined by the department.
 43    Initial costs of the plate program, including costs of plate design, shall  be


  1    paid by the Idaho state capitol commission.
  2        (6)  Sample Idaho state capitol commission license plates may be purchased
  3    for  a  fee of thirty dollars ($30.00), ten dollars ($10.00) of which shall be
  4    deposited in the state highway account and twenty dollars  ($20.00)  of  which
  5    shall  be  deposited in the Idaho capitol endowment income fund. No additional
  6    fee shall be charged for personalizing sample plates.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

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                    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                         RS  17309

  Special Capitol restoration motor vehicle license plates
  were created in 2001 to help fund the restoration of Idaho's
  Capitol through voluntary contributions from the purchase of
  these plates. These special Capitol restoration plates
  currently are scheduled to be phased out in 2012; however,
  the popularity of the restoration plates and the opportunity
  to use these voluntary contributions to pay for future
  repairs to the Capitol merit extending the life of the
  This bill would not create any new license plates. The bill
  simply would allow individuals to continue to purchase these
  existing license plates after the restoration of the Capitol
  has been completed. The special restoration plates have
  proved to be very popular with the public, and have produced
  needed revenue for the restoration. Over 3,500 people a year
  are contributing voluntarily to the Capitol restoration
  effort by purchasing restoration license plates. Revenues
  from the voluntary plate sales can help pay for ongoing
  maintenance for the Capitol when the current restoration is
                        FISCAL NOTE

  This bill has no fiscal impact on the general fund or any
  local government funds in FY 2009, but it can reduce the
  need to appropriate state general funds for Capitol
  maintenance costs in future fiscal years. Sales of special
  Capitol restoration license plates are now producing over
  $80,000 each year in dedicated funds that can be used for
  Capitol building repairs. Fees for special plates are
  entirely voluntary on the part of plate purchasers. There
  are no additional expenses for producing the special plates
  as a result of this bill, and the current statutory plate
  fees include the cost of administration of the program by
  the Idaho Department of Transportation.
  Name:   Joanna Guilfoy
  Agency: Administration, Dept. of
  Phone:  332-1832
  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                    H 355