Enrolled HB 184: 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.
00Enrolled HB 184 01 Relating to a commemorative troops license plate; relating to registration of vehicles for 02 disabled persons; relating to the anatomical gift awareness fund; and providing for an 03 effective date. 04 _______________ 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 ..... 12 .................................................................................................................. 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.