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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature


00 Enrolled SB 204                                                                                                         
01 Relating to a veteran's designation on an identification card or a driver's license for Hmong                           
02 veterans and Lao veterans; relating to registration plates celebrating the arts; relating to                            
03 special motor vehicle registration plates for recipients of the Bronze Star awarded for valor,                          
04 Silver Star, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, Coast Guard Cross,                               
05 and other awards reflecting valor; relating to special registration plates for vehicles owned by                        
06 veterans with disabilities; and providing for an effective date.                                                        
07                           _______________                                                                               
08    * Section 1. AS 18.65.310(l) is amended to read:                                                                     
09            (l)  At the request of the person, the department shall provide a veteran                                    
10 designation and United States flag replica on an identification card identifying the                                    
11 person as a retired veteran, [OR] a veteran of the armed forces of the United States                                  
12 discharged under honorable conditions, or a Hmong veteran or Lao veteran who                                          
01 served in military operations in support of the United States in the Kingdom of                                       
02 Laos between February 28, 1961, and May 15, 1975. The department may not                                              
03 charge a fee solely for the designation. To receive a veteran designation, the person                                   
04 shall provide proof of veteran status that shows the person is retired, was [OR]                                      
05 discharged under honorable conditions, or is a Hmong veteran or Lao veteran. The                                      
06 department shall consult with the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs                                        
07 to determine the proof necessary to show that a person is a Hmong veteran or                                          
08 Lao veteran. With the approval of the person, the department shall make available to                                  
09 the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs the name and address of a person                                       
10 receiving a veteran designation under this subsection. Notwithstanding (a) of this                                      
11 section, the department may charge a fee of $5 for replacement of a valid                                               
12       identification card with a new identification card with a veteran designation.                                    
13    * Sec. 2. AS 28.10.161(b) is amended to read:                                                                        
14 (b)  Every passenger vehicle registration plate, except as specifically provided                                        
15       in AS 28.10.181, shall have displayed on [UPON] it                                                              
16                 (1)  one of the following designs: [EITHER]                                                           
17 (A)  the Alaska flag design, consisting of the Alaska flag, the                                                         
18 traditional colors of yellow-gold and blue, and the slogan "The Last Frontier";                                         
19            [OR]                                                                                                         
20 (B)  the bear design, consisting of a standing grizzly bear in the                                                      
21 center of the plate; the bear design shall be modeled after the 1976 bicentennial                                       
22            plate without the bicentennial symbol; or                                                                  
23 (C)  the design celebrating the arts chosen by the                                                                    
24 commissioner through consultation with the Alaska State Council on the                                                
25 Arts; the commissioner shall choose a new design for the plates                                                       
26 celebrating the arts every four years and discontinue issuance of the                                                 
27            previous design;                                                                                           
28 (2)  the registration number assigned to the vehicle for which it is                                                    
29       issued;                                                                                                           
30                 (3)  the name of this state, which may be abbreviated; and                                              
31 (4)  the registration year number or expiration date for which time it is                                               
01 validated; the registration year number or expiration date may be part of the license                                   
02 plate or contained on a suitable sticker or tab device issued by the department;                                        
03 however, only one sticker or tab device may be issued for each pair of plates, and the                                  
04       sticker or tab device must be affixed to the rear plate.                                                          
05    * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.181(d) is amended to read:                                                                        
06 (d)  Vehicles owned by veterans with disabilities, including persons disabled in                                        
07 the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard, or other persons with                                   
08 disabilities. Upon the request of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the                                 
09 ability to walk, as defined in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2, the department shall (1) register one                                  
10 motor vehicle in the name of the person without charge; and (2) issue a specially                                       
11 designed registration plate that displays (A) recognition of the disabled veteran if the                                
12 applicant's disability originated from the applicant's service with the Alaska Territorial                              
13 Guard or the armed forces of the United States; (B) the international symbol of                                         
14 accessibility (the wheelchair logo); and (C) if the applicant is a veteran, the Alaska and                              
15 United States flags and red, white, and blue colors. A person who is not otherwise                                      
16 qualified under this subsection, but who meets the qualifications of a disabled veteran                                 
17 under AS 29.45.030(i), may register one motor vehicle without charge, and the                                           
18 department shall issue a specially designed registration plate that displays recognition                                
19 of the disabled veteran that does not display the international symbol of accessibility                                 
20 and does not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled veteran who                                           
21 otherwise qualifies for a registration plate under this subsection may elect to receive a                               
22 plate under (p) or (q) of this section for which the person is otherwise qualified that                                 
23 does not display the international symbol of accessibility and does not carry with it                                   
24 special parking privileges. A disabled person who otherwise qualifies for a registration                                
25 plate under (2)(B) of this subsection may elect to receive a plate under another                                        
26 provision of this section for which the person is otherwise qualified that does not                                     
27 display the international symbol of accessibility and does not carry with it special                                    
28 parking privileges. For purposes of this subsection, proof of disability may be                                         
29 provided by a person licensed as a chiropractor under AS 08.20, as a physician or                                     
30 physician assistant under AS 08.64, or as an advanced practice registered nurse under                                 
31       AS 08.68.                                                                                                         
01    * Sec. 4. AS 28.10.181 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                                 
02 (jj)  Vehicles owned by recipients of the Bronze Star awarded for valor, Silver                                         
03 Star, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, or Coast Guard                                          
04 Cross. The department, upon receipt of written proof that the person is the sole or joint                               
05 owner of a motor vehicle, shall issue special registration plates for the motor vehicle to                              
06 a requesting person who has received the Bronze Star Medal awarded for valor, Silver                                    
07 Star Medal, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, or Coast                                          
08 Guard Cross. The commissioner, after consulting with the person in the Department of                                    
09 Military and Veterans' Affairs in charge of veterans' affairs, shall determine the design                               
10 and color of the Bronze Star awarded for valor recipient plates, Silver Star recipient                                  
11 plates, Navy Cross recipient plates, Distinguished Service Cross recipient plates, Air                                  
12       Force Cross recipient plates, and Coast Guard Cross recipient plates.                                             
13 (kk)  Vehicles owned by recipients of awards reflecting valor issued by the                                             
14 armed forces of the United States. The department, upon written proof that the person                                   
15 is the sole or joint owner of a motor vehicle, may issue special registration plates for                                
16 the motor vehicle to a requesting person who has received an award reflecting valor                                     
17 issued by the armed forces of the United States other than a Purple Heart, Bronze Star                                  
18 awarded for valor, Silver Star, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force                                      
19 Cross, or Coast Guard Cross. The commissioner, after consulting with the person in                                      
20 the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in charge of veterans' affairs, shall                                  
21       determine the design and color of the award recipient plates.                                                     
22    * Sec. 5. AS 28.10.421(d)(2) is amended to read:                                                                     
23                 (2) special request plates for                                                                          
24 (A)  Alaska National Guard personnel  .........  $30;                                                                   
25 (B)  veterans, retired veterans, or Lao veterans  ....  $30;                                                            
26 (C)  recipients of the Purple Heart  ...........  none;                                                                 
27 (D)  recipients of the Bronze Star awarded for valor, Silver                                                          
28 Star, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, Coast                                                 
29 Guard Cross, or other award reflecting valor .............  $30;                                                      
30 (E)  owners of custom collector vehicles  ........  $50;                                                              
31 (F)  [(E)] Iditarod race finishers  ..............  $50;                                                              
01                      (G)  [(F)] other special request plates  ..........  $30;                                        
02       plus the fee required for that vehicle under (b) of this section; the fee required by this                        
03 paragraph shall be collected only on the first issuance and on the replacement of                                       
04       special request plates;                                                                                           
05    * Sec. 6. AS 28.15.111(c) is amended to read:                                                                        
06 (c)  At the request of an applicant, the department shall provide a veteran                                             
07 designation and United States flag replica on a license identifying the driver as a                                     
08 retired veteran, [OR] a veteran of the armed forces of the United States discharged                                   
09 under honorable conditions, or a Hmong veteran or Lao veteran who served in                                           
10 military operations in support of the United States in the Kingdom of Laos                                            
11 between February 28, 1961, and May 15, 1975. The department may not charge a                                          
12 fee solely for the designation. To receive a veteran designation, the driver shall make                                 
13 available proof of veteran status that shows that the person is retired, was [OR]                                     
14 discharged under honorable conditions, or is a Hmong veteran or Lao veteran. The                                      
15 department shall consult with the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs                                        
16 to determine the proof necessary to show that a person is a Hmong veteran or                                          
17 Lao veteran. With the approval of the applicant, the department shall make available                                  
18 to the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs the name and address of a driver                                    
19 receiving a veteran designation under this subsection. The department may charge a                                      
20 fee of $5 for replacement of a valid driver's license with a new license with a veteran                                 
21 designation. A replacement license with a veteran designation issued for $5 under this                                  
22       subsection shall retain the expiration date of the license it replaces.                                           
23    * Sec. 7. AS 44.27.080(a) is amended to read:                                                                        
24 (a)  The council shall hold a competition every four years to select a design for                                       
25 the vehicle registration [SPECIAL REQUEST] plate celebrating the arts under                                           
26 AS 28.10.161(b)(1)(C) [AS 28.10.181(u)]. The council shall select a panel of judges                                   
27 to judge the submissions for the contest and shall include the previous design winner                                   
28 on the panel. The panel shall select the top submissions, and the council shall conduct                                 
29 a public vote to determine the winner of the competition. The council shall use the                                     
30 winning design when consulting with the commissioner of administration under                                            
31       AS 28.10.161(b)(1)(C) [AS 28.10.181(u)].                                                                        
01    * Sec. 8. AS 28.10.181(u), 28.10.421(d)(15), and AS 44.27.080(b) are repealed.                                       
02    * Sec. 9. Sections 4 and 5 of this Act take effect January 1, 2019.                                                  
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