HCS/SB 600 - VETERAN MEDALLIONS - This act authorizes the issuance of a military medallion, medal, and certificate of appreciation to any veteran who served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam War as a member of the Missouri National Guard regardless of whether the veteran is a resident of Missouri. This act also creates two new medallion programs, "Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn Medallion Program" and the "Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm Medallion Program" which authorizes the issuance of a military medallion, medal, and certificate of appreciation to any veteran served on active duty during certain dates, is a legal resident of this state, was a legal resident at the time of discharge from military service, or was a Missouri National Guard member regardless of residency is eligible for a medal of appreciation for service.
These provisions are similar to provisions contained in HB 1766 (2014), HB 1933 (2014), and SB 709 (2014).
SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR VETERANS
This act also removes the additional fee charged for "Gold Star" license plates and allows any woman who currently serves in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or was honorably discharged to apply for a special license plate bearing the words "WOMAN VETERAN" in place of the words "SHOW-ME STATE" for any motor vehicle, except a commercial vehicle weighing over 18,000 pounds, for a $15 fee after application to the Department of Revenue and furnishing proof of military service.
These provisions are similar to HCS/HB 130 (2013) and HB 1160 (2014).
This act also waives specified business fees when a specified organizer, majority shareholder, officer, director, or partner of a company, corporation, health services corporation, nonprofit corporation, cooperative company, or partnership is a member of the Missouri National Guard or any other active duty member of the military, resides in Missouri, and provides proof of service to the Secretary of State.
These provisions are identical to HB 1386 (2014).
VETERANS DAY OBSERVATION
This act also requires schools to conduct educational programs and activities as part of the observance of Veterans Day and allows school districts to observe November eleventh as a school holiday at their discretion.
This provision is identical to HB 1285 (2014).