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SCS CSHB 184(FIN): "An Act relating to a commemorative troops license plate; 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(FIN)                                                             
01 "An Act relating to a commemorative troops license plate; relating to registration of                                   
02 vehicles for disabled persons; relating to the anatomical gift awareness fund; and                                      
03 providing for an effective date."                                                                                       
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 13.50.160(d) is amended to read:                                                                   
06            (d)  Money in [APPROPRIATED TO OR FOR USE BY] the fund may be                                            
07       appropriated by the legislature to an organization for the purpose of promoting                               
08       the donation programs established in AS 13.50 and AS 13.52 [SPENT FOR THE                                     
09       PURPOSES OF THE FUND WITHOUT FURTHER APPROPRIATION].                                                              
10    * Sec. 2. AS 28.10.181(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
11            (d)  Vehicles owned by veterans with disabilities, including persons disabled in                             
12       the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard, or other persons with                             
13       disabilities. Upon the request of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the                           
14       ability to walk, as defined in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2, the department shall (1) register one                            
01       motor vehicle in the name of the person without charge; and (2) issue a specially                                 
02       designed registration plate that displays (A) recognition of the disabled veteran if the                          
03       applicant's disability originated from the applicant's service with the Alaska Territorial                        
04       Guard or the armed forces of the United States; (B) the international symbol of                                   
05       accessibility (the wheelchair logo); and (C) if the applicant is a veteran, the Alaska and                        
06       United States flags and red, white, and blue colors. A person who is not otherwise                                
07       qualified under this subsection, but who meets the qualifications of a disabled veteran                           
08       under AS 29.45.030(i), may register one motor vehicle without charge, and the                                     
09       department shall issue a specially designed registration plate that displays recognition                          
10       of the disabled veteran that does not display the international symbol of accessibility                           
11       and does not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled veteran who                                 
12       otherwise qualifies for a registration plate under this subsection may elect to                               
13       receive a plate under (p) or (q) of this section for which the person is otherwise                            
14       qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility and does                            
15       not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled person who otherwise                                 
16       qualifies for a registration plate under (2)(B) of this subsection may elect to                               
17       receive a plate under another provision of this section for which the person is                               
18       otherwise qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility                           
19       and does not carry with it special parking privileges. For purposes of this                                   
20       subsection, proof of disability may be provided by a person licensed as a physician or                            
21       physician assistant under AS 08.64 or as an advanced nurse practitioner under                                     
22       AS 08.68.                                                                                                         
23    * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.181 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
24            (x)  Special request plates commemorating and supporting troops. Upon                                        
25       application by the owner of a motor vehicle, the department may issue registration                                
26       plates commemorating and supporting troops. The commissioner, in consultation with                                
27       Support Our Troops, Inc. shall determine the design and color of the plates. The                                  
28       department may disapprove the issuance of registration plates under this subsection                               
29       when the requested plates are a duplication of an existing registration. "Support Our                             
30       Troops" shall appear at the bottom of the plate and may be alternated with "Support                               
31       Our Heroes" if Support Our Troops, Inc., approves the use of terms and agrees to be                               
01       responsible for any costs incurred from lack of sale of plates.                                                   
02    * Sec. 4. AS 28.10.411(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
03            (f)  A resident 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year the vehicle is                             
04       registered or a resident with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk                         
05       and who provides proof of that disability as provided in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2 is                                  
06       entitled to an exemption from the registration fee required under this section for one                            
07       vehicle subject to registration under AS 28.10.421(b)(1), (2), (5), or (6). An exemption                          
08       may not be granted except upon written application for the exemption on a form                                    
09       prescribed by the department.                                                                                     
10    * Sec. 5. AS 28.10.421(d) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
11                 (17)  special request plates commemorating and supporting troops .....                                  
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13       plus the fee required for that vehicle under (b), (c), (h), or (i) of this section; the $40                       
14       fee required by this paragraph shall be collected on issuance and biennial renewal in                             
15       the same manner as the fee required under (b), (c), (h), or (i) of this section; the                              
16       commissioner of administration shall separately account for the fees received under                               
17       this paragraph that the department deposits in the general fund; notwithstanding (g) of                           
18       this section, the annual estimated balance in the account that is in excess of the cost of                        
19       issuing special request plates may be appropriated by the legislature to the                                      
20       organization for which the specialty license plate was purchased for the benefit of                               
21       Alaska troops and their families.                                                                                 
22    * Sec. 6. AS 13.50.160(c) is repealed.                                                                             
23    * Sec. 7. Sections 2 - 5 of this Act take effect July 1, 2007.