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SCS CSHB 184(STA): "An Act relating to a commemorative troops license plate and to license plates available to disabled veterans; relating to mandatory motor vehicle insurance, license suspensions, and notices relating to motor vehicles and driver's licenses; relating to registration of vehicles for disabled persons; relating to the anatomical gift awareness fund; and providing for an effective date."

00                SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 184(STA)                                                             
01 "An Act relating to a commemorative troops license plate and to license plates available                                
02 to disabled veterans; relating to mandatory motor vehicle insurance, license suspensions,                               
03 and notices relating to motor vehicles and driver's licenses; relating to registration of                               
04 vehicles for disabled persons; relating to the anatomical gift awareness fund; and                                      
05 providing for an effective date."                                                                                       
06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
07    * Section 1. AS 13.50.160(d) is amended to read:                                                                   
08            (d)  Money appropriated to or for use by the fund may be spent for the                                       
09       purposes of the fund without further appropriation. The annual estimated balance in                           
10       the account may be appropriated by the legislature to Life Alaska, Inc.                                       
11    * Sec. 2.  AS 28.05.071 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
12            (b)  A person convicted of a violation of (a) of this section is guilty of an                                
13       infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $300.                                                               
01    * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.181(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
02            (d)  Vehicles owned by veterans with disabilities, including persons disabled in                             
03       the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard, or other persons with                             
04       disabilities. Upon the request of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the                           
05       ability to walk, as defined in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2, the department shall (1) register one                            
06       motor vehicle in the name of the person without charge; and (2) issue a specially                                 
07       designed registration plate that displays (A) recognition of the disabled veteran if the                          
08       applicant's disability originated from the applicant's service with the Alaska Territorial                        
09       Guard or the armed forces of the United States; (B) the international symbol of                                   
10       accessibility (the wheelchair logo); and (C) if the applicant is a veteran, the Alaska and                        
11       United States flags and red, white, and blue colors. A person who is not otherwise                                
12       qualified under this subsection, but who meets the qualifications of a disabled veteran                           
13       under AS 29.45.030(i), may register one motor vehicle without charge, and the                                     
14       department shall issue a specially designed registration plate that displays recognition                          
15       of the disabled veteran that does not display the international symbol of accessibility                           
16       and does not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled veteran who                                 
17       otherwise qualifies for a registration plate under this subsection may elect to                               
18       receive a plate under (p) or (q) of this section for which the person is otherwise                            
19       qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility and does                            
20       not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled person who otherwise                                 
21       qualifies for a registration plate under (2)(B) of this subsection may elect to                               
22       receive a plate under another provision of this section for which the person is                               
23       otherwise qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility                           
24       and does not carry with it special parking privileges. For purposes of this                                   
25       subsection, proof of disability may be provided by a person licensed as a physician or                            
26       physician assistant under AS 08.64 or as an advanced nurse practitioner under                                     
27       AS 08.68.                                                                                                         
28    * Sec. 4. AS 28.10.181 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
29            (x)  Special request plates commemorating and supporting troops. Upon                                        
30       application by the owner of a motor vehicle, the department may issue registration                                
31       plates commemorating and supporting troops. The commissioner, in consultation with                                
01       Support Our Troops, Inc. shall determine the design and color of the plates. The                                  
02       department may disapprove the issuance of registration plates under this subsection                               
03       when the requested plates are a duplication of an existing registration. "Support Our                             
04       Troops" shall appear at the bottom of the plate and may be alternated with "Support                               
05       Our Heroes" if Support Our Troops, Inc., approves the use of terms and agrees to be                               
06       responsible for any costs incurred from lack of sale of plates.                                                   
07    * Sec. 5. AS 28.10.411(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
08            (f)  A resident 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year the vehicle is                             
09       registered or a resident with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk                         
10       and who provides proof of that disability as provided in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2 is                                  
11       entitled to an exemption from the registration fee required under this section for one                            
12       vehicle subject to registration under AS 28.10.421(b)(1), (2), (5), or (6). An exemption                          
13       may not be granted except upon written application for the exemption on a form                                    
14       prescribed by the department.                                                                                     
15    * Sec. 6. AS 28.10.421(d) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
16                 (17)  special request plates commemorating and supporting troops .....                                  
17       ..................................................................................................................
18       plus the fee required for that vehicle under (b), (c), (h), or (i) of this section; the $40                       
19       fee required by this paragraph shall be collected on issuance and biennial renewal in                             
20       the same manner as the fee required under (b), (c), (h), or (i) of this section; the                              
21       commissioner of administration shall separately account for the fees received under                               
22       this paragraph that the department deposits in the general fund; notwithstanding (g) of                           
23       this section, the annual estimated balance in the account that is in excess of the cost of                        
24       issuing special request plates may be appropriated by the legislature to the                                      
25       organization for which the specialty license plate was purchased for the benefit of                               
26       Alaska troops and their families.                                                                                 
27    * Sec. 7. AS 28.15.291 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
28            (d)  It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under (a) of this section that                            
29       the person's license was suspended under AS 28.22.041 and the person provides proof                               
30       of liability insurance meeting the requirements of AS 28.22 and proof that the                                    
31       insurance was in effect at the time of the accident that led to the suspension.                                   
01    * Sec. 8. AS 28.22.019 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
02            (d)  A person convicted under this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor                                
03       and may be punished as provided in AS 12.55, except that a fine of at least $500 must                             
04       be imposed.                                                                                                       
05    * Sec. 9. AS 28.22.041(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
06            (f)  The department shall notify the licensee that the suspension becomes                                    
07       effective 30 days from the date of the notice and that the licensee has the right, within                         
08       the 30-day period, to make an oral or written answer controverting any point or issue,                            
09       or to present evidence and arguments for the consideration of the department.                                     
10       Notwithstanding AS 28.05.121, the department shall provide this notice to the                                 
11       address that appears to be the most recently provided from among the following:                               
12                 (1)  the address the department has for the person;                                                 
13                 (2)  the address shown on the report of the accident.                                               
14    * Sec. 10. Sections 3 - 6 of this Act take effect July 1, 2007.