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H.808

Introduced by Representative Minter of Waterbury

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; registration plates; special plates; sports teams; appropriation; support of government

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the department of motor vehicles to issue special registration plates with professional sports team logos, and to allocate the revenue toward payment for any contractual, license, or trademark agreement with a professional sports team or representative organization and the remainder to be appropriated to reduce the transfer of transportation fund dollars to the general fund.

AN ACT RELATING TO SPECIAL MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATES OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS

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

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A § 304d is added to read:

§ 304d.  MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATES; PROFESSIONAL

              SPORTS TEAMS

(a)  The commissioner shall, upon application, issue special registration plates with the logo of professional sports teams, when permissible under trademark agreements or licensing requirements, 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 sports plate shall be determined by the commissioner, which shall include the professional sports team’s logo or trademark, and shall appear on one side of the plate.  At a minimum, logos shall be available for the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner of motor vehicles and shall pay an initial fee of $35.00 in addition to the annual fee for registration.  In following years, in addition to the annual registration fee, the holder of a professional sports team plate shall pay a renewal fee of $35.00.  The commissioner shall adopt rules under 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

(b)  Fees collected under subsection (a) of this section shall be allocated as follows:

(1)  Payment for any contractual, license, or trademark agreement with the professional sports team or representative organization.

(2)  The remaining fees to be allocated toward the appropriation for support of government as provided in 19 V.S.A. § 11a.

(c)  Renewal fees collected under subsection (a) of this section shall be allocated as follows:

(1)  Payment for any contractual, license, or trademark agreement with the professional sports team.

(2)  The remaining fees to be allocated toward the appropriation for support of government as provided in 19 V.S.A. § 11a.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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