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An act relating to conservation motor vehicle registration plates

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

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

(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, 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.  Sec. 16 of No. 189 of the Acts of 1995 Adj. Sess. (1996) as amended by Sec. 12g of No. 155 of the Acts of the 1999 Adj.  Sess. (2000) is amended to read:


(a)  Unless extended by act of the general assembly, Sec. 14 of this act shall expire on December 31, 2005 2010.  However, conservation registration plates may continue to be displayed as long as the registration continues to be valid.

(b)  No later than January 15, 2005, the commissioner of motor vehicles and the commissioner of fish and wildlife shall report to the general assembly relative to the progress and public acceptance of the conservation registration plate program.  [Deleted.]

(c)  There shall be a moratorium on the issuance of any additional types of graphic style registration plates until December 31, 2005 2010.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont