Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

03/12/2020 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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*+ SB 210 LICENSE PLATES: SPECIALTY ORGANIZATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 209 DRIVER LICENSES & IDENT. CARDS FOR INMATE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SJR 14 CONST. AM: VOTES NEEDED FOR VETO OVERRIDE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 183 ABANDONED VEHICLES; PRIVATE PROPERTY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 183(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
         SB 210-LICENSE PLATES: SPECIALTY ORGANIZATIONS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:45:20 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK announced the consideration of SENATE BILL NO. 210,                                                                 
"An Act relating to special request specialty organization                                                                      
registration plates."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:45:36 PM                                                                                                                    
TOM   WRIGHT,  Staff,   Senator   Mia   Costello,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, stated that  SB 210 will  turn over                                                               
the authority to  issue specialty license plates  to the Division                                                               
of   Motor  Vehicles   (DMV).  He   continued  the   introduction                                                               
paraphrasing from the sponsor statement:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Since  2009, the  Legislature  has  passed eight  bills                                                                    
     that  authorized specialty  license  plates.   In  some                                                                    
     cases, multiple  pieces of specialty  plate legislation                                                                    
     were rolled  into one bill.   For example, in  the 27th                                                                    
     Legislature, four bills were  rolled into one bill that                                                                    
     authorized six different plates.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Each year,  the Legislature is tasked  with approving a                                                                    
     specialty  plate  for  the  various  organizations  and                                                                    
     nonprofits  that  request these  plates.    As of  now,                                                                    
     there are at least  ninety-two different license plates                                                                    
     that  can  be  purchased   at  the  Division  of  Motor                                                                    
     Vehicles.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Senate   Bill  210   was  introduced   to  remove   the                                                                    
     Legislature  from having  to approve  specialty plates.                                                                    
     Those duties  would be turned  over to the  Division of                                                                    
     Motor Vehicles  under this  legislation.   The division                                                                    
     would adopt  regulations to allow  for the  issuance of                                                                    
     the  specialty   plates  that   are  sponsored   by  an                                                                    
     organization that is based within  the state and is tax                                                                    
     exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c),  is an Alaska chapter of                                                                    
     a  national  organization  that is  tax  exempt,  is  a                                                                    
     department of  the state or  a municipality  within the                                                                    
     state.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     An entity  requesting a plate  through DMV  must submit                                                                    
     an application,  pay an application  fee, pay  the cost                                                                    
     of developing and issuing the  specialty plate, and may                                                                    
     be charged a fee for  issuance of the specialty license                                                                    
     plate in addition to any registration fees.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:47:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  asked  if the  current  statute  for  specialty                                                               
license  plates  for  nonprofit  organizations  would  remain  in                                                               
effect or if the DMV would need to figure out the cost.                                                                         
                                                                                                                              
MR. WRIGHT answered that the  underlying statutes would remain in                                                               
place for existing specialty license  plates, but the legislature                                                               
would  be able  to  make amendments.  He  cited Senator  Stevens'                                                               
specialty  license  plate  bill  to celebrate  the  Alaska  State                                                               
Council on the Arts, which the legislature could amend.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK related  his understanding that this  bill would give                                                               
DMV the ability to create specialty license plates.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT answered yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK asked him to describe the purpose of the bill.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT answered  that the sponsor would  like the legislature                                                               
to focus on other matters.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:48:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL asked  what vetting process DMV  would go through                                                               
for specialty license plates and how this bill would impact it.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT  explained that DMV  would work with the  requester on                                                               
the design and  would have a say on what  is appropriate, just as                                                               
it  currently  does for  specialty  license  plates. He  deferred                                                               
further explanation to DMV.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:50:51 PM                                                                                                                    
JOANNE  OLSEN,  Interim  Director,  Division  of  Motor  Vehicles                                                               
(DMV),  Department of  Administration  (DOA), Anchorage,  Alaska,                                                               
responded  that  the  division   has  an  administrative  hearing                                                               
process  it  uses  when  organizations  are  denied  a  specialty                                                               
license plate.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  asked the  record  to  reflect that  an  appeal                                                               
process would still  be in place. He said he  thinks this bill is                                                               
a good idea.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:51:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK asked Ms. Olsen her view of this proposal.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. OLSEN responded that it  would save time for the legislature,                                                               
allow  organizations   to  have  specialty  license   plates  for                                                               
supporters to  use, and  simplify the  process for  the division.                                                               
She  explained that  DMV would  be able  to establish  a standard                                                               
template, and the organization would  add to the design. The cost                                                               
would  vary depending  on the  design complexity  and color.  She                                                               
envisioned  that   DMV  could  keep  the   process  simple  while                                                               
addressing the needs of the requesting organizations.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:52:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WILSON asked how many licensed vehicles are in Alaska.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. OLSEN offered to follow up with the information.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WILSON related  his understanding  that there  are 40-41                                                               
specialty license plates.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. OLSEN responded that there  are currently 92 unique specialty                                                               
license plates.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON  asked for  a count  of each  of the  92 specialty                                                               
license plates that have been purchased.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. OLSEN offered to follow up with the information.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:53:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WILSON agreed  with the  sponsor  that legislative  time                                                               
could be better spent.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT clarified  that the sponsor does not  wish to diminish                                                               
the  sponsorship of  these  bills, but  the  number of  specialty                                                               
license plates  has increased  to 92  and DMV  can take  over the                                                               
task.  He noted  that the  fiscal note  shows this  is a  revenue                                                               
enhancer.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL asked if $100 would be the new standard fee.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:54:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  OLSEN answered  that the  bill  adds a  new subsection  that                                                               
states that  DMV would  charge $100 for  the specialty  plate and                                                               
subsequent replacement plates.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL offered  his understanding  that this  increases                                                               
the standard fee from $30 or $50 to $100.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. OLSEN agreed.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL commented  that  it is  entirely appropriate  as                                                               
long as people understand the cost.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK related  his understanding that this would  not be an                                                               
increase for all specialty license plates, just for new ones.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT answered that is correct.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK read the following from page 1, starting on line 4:                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     (ll)   Special  request specialty  organization plates.                                                                    
     The  department shall  adopt regulations  to allow  for                                                                    
     the issuance of  special request specialty organization                                                                    
     registration plates  sponsored by an  organization that                                                                    
     is  based in  this state  and  is tax  exempt under  26                                                                    
     U.S.C.  501(c),  is an  Alaska  chapter  of a  national                                                                    
     organization  that  is  tax   exempt  under  26  U.S.C.                                                                    
     501(c),  is  a  department  of   the  state,  or  is  a                                                                    
     municipality of the state.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He asked if that would  be restrictive. For example, the military                                                               
may have a new medal that would be excluded.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WRIGHT  acknowledged  that  the  language  may  need  to  be                                                               
expanded,  but  the  sponsor  does  not  have  any  intention  to                                                               
adversely affect honoring military  members. He offered to review                                                               
the language.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK stated agreement with the intent of the bill.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL said  it would be interesting to  know what other                                                               
states  charge  for specialty  license  plates  because the  fees                                                               
seems low.  He suggested that  the finance committee may  wish to                                                               
consider the fees.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. WRIGHT agreed that if the  bill makes it to finance, it would                                                               
be under the committee's purview.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:58:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK opened public testimony on SB [210].                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BENJAMIN  BROWN,  Chair,  Alaska   State  Council  on  the  Arts,                                                               
Department of  Education and  Early Development,  Juneau, Alaska,                                                               
said  Mr.  Wright's  testimony   clarified  that  this  would  be                                                               
prospective so  it would  not change  the artistic  license plate                                                               
fee structure in  SB 169, related to the Alaska  State Council on                                                               
the Arts. The  arts council is interested in  a different pricing                                                               
point because of the tremendous  demand for its specialty license                                                               
plates.  The   arts  council   supports  efficiencies   in  state                                                               
government  and this  bill is  a step  in that  direction, so  it                                                               
seems like a good idea.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:00:48 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REVAK,  after first  determining  no  one else  wished  to                                                               
testify,  closed public  testimony on  SB  210. He  said that  he                                                               
appreciated the sponsor  introducing the bill, but  that he would                                                               
like to amend the language to be more inclusive.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK held SB 210 in committee.                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 209 Sponsor Statement 2.25.2020.pdf SSTA 3/12/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 209
SB 209 Sectional Analysis v. K 2.25.2020.pdf SSTA 3/12/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 209
SB 210 Statutes 3.6.2020.pdf SSTA 3/12/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210-DMV License Plates 3.6.2020.pdf SSTA 3/12/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210-Sponsor Statement 3.6.2020.pdf SSTA 3/12/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 210
SB 210-Backup- License Plate Legislation Past Ten Years 3.6.2020.pdf SSTA 3/12/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 210