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S.241

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 a veteran- or military‑related emblem 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.  An applicant shall apply on a form prescribed by the commissioner, and the applicant’s status both as a veteran and as 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.  An applicant shall apply on a form prescribed by the commissioner, and the applicant’s eligibility will be certified by the office of veterans’ affairs.  A plate shall be reissued only to the original holder of the plate.  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.

Sec. 4.  COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES REPORT ON
             ISSUANCE OF DISTINCTIVE REGISTRATION PLATES

The commissioner of motor vehicles shall report to the house and senate committees on transportation by January 15, 2009, on the best methods of administering the issuance of distinctive registration plates, including motorcycle plates, with the logo of the organization or group sponsoring or requesting the plates.  In addition to any other issue deemed appropriate by the commissioner, the report shall consider the advisability of requiring a bond or cash deposit and a minimum number of applicants before the plates may be produced.  The report shall also examine appropriate fees, the design of the plates, such as standard plates with logo decals, and if a minimum number of plates must be issued over a specific period in order for the program to continue.

Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE DATES

Sec. 4 and this section shall take effect from passage, and the remainder of the act shall take effect on January 1, 2009.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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