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H.156

Introduced by   Representatives Adams of Hartland, Deen of Westminster, Hosford of Waitsfield, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Nease of Johnson, Parent of St. Albans City, Randall of Troy, Shaw of Derby and Sunderland of Rutland Town

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; registration; conservation plates

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize an alteration in the graphic design of the conservation motor vehicle registration plate once every five years and to repeal the program’s sunset.

AN ACT RELATING TO CONSERVATION MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 304b(a) is amended to read:

§ 304b.  CONSERVATION MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATES

(a)  The commissioner shall, upon application, issue conservation registration plates for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate and on trucks registered for less than 26,001 pounds and excluding vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan.  Plates so acquired shall be mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle.  The commissioner of motor vehicles and the commissioner of fish and wildlife shall determine the graphic design of the special plates in a manner which serves to enhance the public awareness of the state's interest in restoring and protecting its nongame wildlife and major watershed areas.  The commissioner of motor vehicles and the commissioner of fish and wildlife may alter the graphic design of these special plates not more than once every five years, provided that plates in use at the time of a design alteration shall remain valid subject to the operator’s payment of the annual registration fee.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and shall pay an initial fee of $20.00 in addition to the annual fee for registration. In following years, in addition to the annual registration fee, the holder of a conservation plate shall pay a renewal fee of $20.00.  The commissioner shall adopt rules under 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 2.  CONSERVATION MOTOR VEHICLE PLATES; SUNSET;

             REPEAL

Sec. 16 of No. 189 of the Acts of the 1995 Adj. Sess. (1996) as amended by Sec. 12g of No. 155 of the Acts of the 1999 Adj. Sess. (2000) (sunset of motor vehicle conservation plate program) is repealed.



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