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SB 131: "An Act relating to special registration plates for vehicles owned by a person with a disability."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 131                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to special registration plates for vehicles owned by a person with a                                   
02 disability."                                                                                                            
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 receive a                               
07 plate under (p) or (q) of this section for which the person is otherwise qualified that                                 
08 does not display the international symbol of accessibility and does not carry with it                                   
09 special parking privileges. A disabled person who otherwise qualifies for a registration                                
10 plate under (2)(B) of this subsection may elect to receive a plate under another                                        
11 provision of this section for which the person is otherwise qualified that does not                                     
12 display the international symbol of accessibility and does not carry with it special                                    
13 parking privileges. For purposes of this subsection, proof of disability may be                                         
14 provided by a person licensed as a speech-language pathologist under AS 08.11, as                                   
15 a chiropractor under AS 08.20, as a physician or physician assistant under AS 08.64,                                    
16 [OR] as an advanced practice registered nurse under AS 08.68, or as a physical                                      
17       therapist or occupational therapist under AS 08.84.