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CSHB 184(MLV): "An Act relating to a commemorative troops license plate and to license plates available to disabled veterans; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 184(MLV)                                                                    
01 "An Act relating to a commemorative troops license plate and to license plates available                                
02 to disabled veterans; and providing for an effective date."                                                             
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 28.10.181(d) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (d) Vehicles owned by veterans with disabilities, including persons disabled in                              
06       the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard, or other persons with                             
07       disabilities. Upon the request of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the                           
08       ability to walk, as defined in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2, the department shall (1) register one                            
09       motor vehicle in the name of the person without charge; and (2) issue a specially                                 
10       designed registration plate that displays (A) recognition of the disabled veteran if the                          
11       applicant's disability originated from the applicant's service with the Alaska Territorial                        
12       Guard or the armed forces of the United States; (B) the international symbol of                                   
13       accessibility (the wheelchair logo); and (C) if the applicant is a veteran, the Alaska and                        
14       United States flags and red, white, and blue colors. A person who is not otherwise                                
01       qualified under this subsection, but who meets the qualifications of a disabled veteran                           
02       under AS 29.45.030(i), may register one motor vehicle without charge, and the                                     
03       department shall issue a specially designed registration plate that displays recognition                          
04       of the disabled veteran that does not display the international symbol of accessibility                           
05       and does not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled veteran who                                 
06       otherwise qualifies for a registration plate under this subsection may elect to                               
07       receive a plate under (p) or (q) of this section for which the person is otherwise                            
08       qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility and does                            
09       not carry with it special parking privileges. For purposes of this subsection, proof                          
10       of disability may be provided by a person licensed as a physician or physician                                    
11       assistant under AS 08.64 or as an advanced nurse practitioner under AS 08.68.                                     
12    * Sec. 2. AS 28.10.181 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
13            (x)  Special request plates commemorating and supporting troops. Upon                                        
14       application by the owner of a motor vehicle, the department may issue "Support Our                                
15       Troops" registration plates to supporters of Support Our Troops, Inc. The                                         
16       commissioner, in consultation with Support Our Troops, Inc., shall determine the                                  
17       design and color of the plates. The department may disapprove the issuance of                                     
18       registration plates under this subsection when the requested plates are a duplication of                          
19       an existing registration. "Support Our Troops" shall appear at the bottom of the plate                            
20       and may be alternated with "Support Our Heroes" if Support Our Troops, Inc., agrees                               
21       to be responsible for any costs incurred from lack of sale of plates.                                             
22    * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.421(d) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
23                 (17)  "Support Our Troops" special request plates commemorating and                                     
24       supporting troops ................................................................................................
25       plus the fee required for that vehicle under (b), (c), (h), or (i) of this section; the $40                       
26       fee required by this paragraph shall be collected on issuance and biennial renewal in                             
27       the same manner as the fee required under (b), (c), (h), or (i) of this section; the                              
28       commissioner of administration shall separately account for the fees received under                               
29       this paragraph that the department deposits in the general fund; notwithstanding (g) of                           
30       this section, the annual estimated balance in the account that is in excess of the cost of                        
31       issuing special request plates may be appropriated by the legislature to Support Our                              
01       Troops, Inc., for the benefit of the troops and their families in accordance with its                             
02       articles of incorporation and bylaws.                                                                             
03    * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect July 1, 2007.