SB 134 Authorizes the issuance of several special license plates and modifies the procedure for their issuance
Sponsor: Dempsey
LR Number: 0818L.08C Fiscal Note: 0818-08
Committee: Transportation
Last Action: 5/15/2009 - S Calendar S Bills with H Amendments--SCS for SB 134-Dempsey, with HCS Journal Page:
Title: HCS SCS SB 134 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2009
House Handler: Faith

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HCS/SCS/SB 134 - This act modifies several provisions relating to the regulation of license plates.

BRAIN TUMOR AWARENESS SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE - This act authorizes the issuance of Brain Tumor Awareness Organization special license plates. Any person may receive special license plates bearing the organization's emblem after making an annual application and paying a $25 emblem-use contribution to the Brain Tumor Awareness Organization. Such specialty plates shall bear the words "Brain Tumor Awareness" in lieu of the words "SHOW-ME STATE." No fees shall be charged for the personalization of such license plates. Prior to the issuance of a Brain Tumor Awareness Organization specialty plate, the department of revenue must be in receipt of an application which shall be accompanied by a list of at least 200 potential applicants who plan to purchase the specialty plate, the proposed art design for the specialty license plate, and an application fee, not to exceed $5,000, to defray the department's cost for issuing, developing, and programming the implementation of the specialty plate. Once the plate design is approved, the director of revenue shall not authorize the manufacture of the material to produce the specialized license plates until such time as the director has received two hundred applications, the $25 specialty plate fee per application, and emblem use statements, if applicable, and other required documents or fees for such plates.

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL LICENSE PLATE - The act also allows persons who have been awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal to receive a special license plate inscribed with the words "expeditionary service" and bearing a reproduction of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. This provision was contained in SB 856 (2008).

LEGION OF MERIT MEDAL SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES - This act allows persons who have been awarded the legion of merit medal to receive Legion of Merit special license plates (Section 301.3158).

MISSOURI BICYCLE FEDERATION SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATES -This act allows persons to receive Missouri Bicycle Federation special license plates (Section 301.4005).

NIXA EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES - This act allows persons to receive Nixa education foundation special license plates (Section 301.4006).

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES - This act allows members of the National Wild Turkey Federation to receive National Wild Turkey Federation special license plates (Section 301.4010).

MISSOURI STREAM TEAM WATERSHED COALITION SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES - This act allows members of the Missouri stream team watershed coalition to receive special license plates bearing their organization's name and insignia (Section 301.4016).

DARE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES - This act allows persons to receive Missouri State Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) special license plates (Section 301.4018).

UNITED STATES SUBMARINE VETERAN SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES - This act allows members of the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporation to receive special license plates bearing the words "United States Submarine Veteran" (Section 301.4020).

TRANSPORTATION INSPECTOR GENERAL - This act eliminates the position of the Transportation Inspector General contained within the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight.

REVISION OF THE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE PROCEDURE - Under the proposed act, the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight's role in approving special license plates is modified (Section 21.795). In lieu of receiving unanimous approval by the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight for a special license plate application, only a majority vote from the committee is required. In addition, the committee shall approve a special license plate application unless the committee receives a signed petition signed by 5 House members or 5 Senators stating the reason for their opposition. The committee may disapprove a special license plate application if the proposed plate contains objectionable language or design or if the organization seeking the special license plate has not complied with the special license plate statute or accompanying rules (Sections 21.795).

SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE ISSUANCE - Under this act, the Department of Revenue does not have to issue an authorized special license plate unless it has received 200 applications for such plate. Beginning January 1, 2011, if the total numbers of special plates issued falls below 200, the department will no longer have to accept applications for the plate (Section 301.2998).

STEPHEN WITTE