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H.188

Introduced by Representative Nease of Johnson, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Scheuermann of Stowe, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; registration plates; special plates; veterans; gold star families

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to modify the existing special veterans registration plate law in the motor vehicle statutes by allowing the office of veterans’ affairs and the department of motor vehicles to recognize various groups of veterans without requiring statutory changes and by eliminating the $10.00 fee for the plate.  This bill will also create a gold star plate for the immediate family members of those killed while serving our nation.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE SPECIAL VETERAN AND GOLD STAR REGISTRATION PLATES

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

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

(e)  The commissioner shall upon proper application, issue special number plates to former prisoners of war, Pearl Harbor veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart Medal 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.  The commissioner shall determine the design of the special plates and decals.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and the applicant’s status as a former prisoner of war (P.O.W.), Pearl Harbor veteran, or holder of a Purple Heart Medal shall be certified by the Veterans’ Administration or state veterans’ affairs office, respectively.  The prisoner of war (P.O.W.), Pearl Harbor, or Purple Heart number plates shall not be subject to fees applicable to special plates as set forth in subsection (b) of this section.  The plates shall be reissued only to the original holder of the plates or the surviving spouse.  The commissioner shall adopt rules under 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A. § 304(j) is amended to read:

(j)  The commissioner of motor vehicles shall, upon proper application, issue special plates to Vermont veterans, as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 101(2), 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.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and the applicant’s status as a veteran shall be certified by the Vermont office of veterans’ affairs or by other documentation as required by the commissioner.  The type and style of the veterans’ plate shall be determined by the commissioner, except that an American flag, or other veteran or military‑related emblems selected by the commissioner and the Vermont office of veterans affairs, shall appear on one side of the plate.  A one-time fee of $10.00 shall be assessed in addition to the annual fee for registration; $5.00 of the one-time fee shall be transferred to the Vermont office of veterans’ affairs At a minimum, emblems shall be available to recognize recipients of the Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Survivors, former prisoners of war, and disabled veterans.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and the applicant’s status both as a veteran and a member of one of the groups recognized will be certified by the office of veterans’ affairs.  The plates shall be reissued only to the original holder of the plates or the surviving spouse.  Notwithstanding section 502 of Title 32, the commissioner may charge the actual costs of production of the plates against the fees collected and shall remit the balance to the transportation fund.  The commissioner shall may adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection.  Except for new or renewed registrations, applications for the issuance of veterans’ plates shall be processed in the order received by the department subject to normal workflow considerations.  The costs associated with developing new emblems shall be borne by the department of motor vehicles.

Sec. 3.  23 V.S.A. § 304(k) is added to read:

(k)  The commissioner of motor vehicles shall, upon proper application, issue special plates to gold star family members, as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 1126, 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.  The type and style of the gold star plate shall be determined by the commissioner, except that a gold star shall appear on one side of the plate.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner, and the applicant’s eligibility will be certified by the office of veterans’ affairs.  The plates shall be reissued only to the original holder of the plates.  The commissioner may adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection.  Except for new or renewed registrations, applications for the issuance of gold star plates shall be processed in the order received by the department subject to normal workflow considerations.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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