Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/02/2002 08:04 AM STA

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HB 438-DISABLED VETERANS LICENSE PLATES                                                                                       
CHAIR COGHILL announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL   NO.  438,  "An   Act  relating  to   motor  vehicle                                                               
registration plates  for disabled veterans; and  providing for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
Number 0463                                                                                                                     
CHAIR  COGHILL  moved to  adopt  CSHB  438, version  22-LS1503\J,                                                               
Ford,  4/2/02,  as   the  working  document.     There  being  no                                                               
objection, Version J was before the committee.                                                                                  
Number 0420                                                                                                                     
JIM POUND,  Staff to Representative  Lesil McGuire,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  presented  HB  438,  on  behalf  of  Representative                                                               
McGuire, sponsor.   He informed  members that the bill  is trying                                                               
to honor the  veterans.  Alaska certainly has one  of the highest                                                               
per  capita  veterans  population  of  any  state,  he  told  the                                                               
committee.  Most noticeably, the  veterans have been honored with                                                               
special license plates.  It  started out with the various license                                                               
plates for the  four services, and there is one  for Purple Heart                                                               
recipients  and a  limited quantity  of Medal  of Honor  winners.                                                               
All  of  these plates  are  well  deserved, and  the  opportunity                                                               
should be taken to honor these  veterans.  However, not very much                                                               
has  really  been  done  for the  nearly  900  disabled  veterans                                                               
currently in Alaska.  They have  been given the standard gold and                                                               
blue license plate with the flag  and the handicapped logo in the                                                               
middle  of  it  and  the  letters  "DAV."    There  is  no  great                                                               
opportunity  for disabled  veterans to  have a  license on  their                                                               
vehicles  that  designates  to  people  that  they  served  their                                                               
country.   While  they didn't  give the  supreme sacrifice,  they                                                               
gave a part of themselves to the country, he pointed out.                                                                       
MR. POUND  reported that  the biggest  concern of  the Department                                                               
[of Administration] was that it  would end up with four different                                                               
license  plates because  there would  be  the two  blue and  gold                                                               
plates  and then  the  two  red, white,  and  blue  plates.   The                                                               
department would  like to  go to  just the  red, white,  and blue                                                               
license plates because  of the logistical nightmare  of having to                                                               
deal with four plates.                                                                                                          
MR.  POUND pointed  out a  correction in  Version J.   It  should                                                               
read:  Page  1, line 13, following  (C):  "if the  applicant is a                                                               
Number 0040                                                                                                                     
CHAIR COGHILL  moved the foregoing  as Amendment 1.   There being                                                               
no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                          
CHUCK  HOSACK,  Deputy  Director,  Division  of  Motor  Vehicles,                                                               
Department of  Administration, testified via teleconference.   He                                                               
informed the  committee that  the department  supports HB  438 as                                                               
amended.   Mr. Pound and  the sponsor  have addressed all  of the                                                               
concerns, he said.                                                                                                              
TAPE 02-35, SIDE A                                                                                                              
Number 0001                                                                                                                     
MR.  HOSACK  said, "This  will  limit  it  down to  two  [license                                                               
plates], so  we actually get a  little bit of benefit  out of it,                                                               
too,  in that  we can  stop stocking  the other  plates and  just                                                               
replace them  with this.   So  it'll be pretty  much a  wash, and                                                               
we'll be able to drop our fiscal note to zero."                                                                                 
Number 0087                                                                                                                     
WILLIAM  CRAIG testified  via teleconference  and said  it seemed                                                               
like a good bill for honoring the handicapped veterans.                                                                         
Number 0120                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  JAMES  moved  to  report CSHB  438  [version  22-                                                               
LS1503\J,  Ford,  4/2/02],  as  amended, out  of  committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.  There  being no objection, CSHB 438(STA)  was reported out                                                               
of the House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                  

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