Legislature(2005 - 2006)HOUSE FINANCE 519

02/08/2006 01:30 PM FINANCE

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Moved CSHB 245(FIN) Out of Committee
HOUSE BILL NO. 245                                                                                                            
     "An Act relating to registration  and license plate fees                                                                   
     for   Purple  Heart   recipients,   prisoners  of   war,                                                                   
     Congressional Medal of Honor  recipients, and spouses of                                                                   
     current prisoners of war."                                                                                                 
Representative Hawker  MOVED to ADOPT the  proposed committee                                                                   
substitute (CS)  for HB 245, labeled 24-LS0604\S,  Luckhaupt,                                                                   
2/6/06.    Representative  Stoltze  OBJECTED  for  discussion                                                                   
SUZANNE  CUNNINGHAM, STAFF,  CO-CHAIR  MEYER, explained  that                                                                   
the new CS has two changes.  It  includes Congressional Medal                                                                   
of Honor  recipients under the  same paragraph  that provides                                                                   
license  plates   for  Pearl  Harbor  survivors   and  former                                                                   
prisoners of war (POW).  It also  provides for no fee for the                                                                   
registration  of the plates  or for the  plates.   The second                                                                   
change is that  the current POW and spouse  eligibility for a                                                                   
plate was removed and an immediate  effective date was added.                                                                   
Representative  Kerttula asked why  current POWs  and spouses                                                                   
were cut  out.  Ms. Cunningham  related that when  looking at                                                                   
the  specialty  license  plates  as  a  class,  there  is  no                                                                   
eligibility  for  those  categories.    The  intent  of  this                                                                   
legislation is to honor those who serve our country.                                                                            
Representative  Kerttula asked  how many  current POWs  there                                                                   
are.  Ms. Cunningham replied that  she is unsure if there are                                                                   
any at this time.                                                                                                               
2:39:51 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE BOB LYNN, SPONSOR,  shared disappointment that                                                                   
the POW  and spouse categories were  removed.  He spoke  of a                                                                   
preference to leave them in, in order to honor them.                                                                            
Representative Weyhrauch  asked if a Missing  in Action (MIA)                                                                   
category  should be included.   Representative  Lynn  said he                                                                   
had  no problem  with that  idea.   Representative  Weyhrauch                                                                   
asked  how  a   MIA  veteran  would  apply   for  a  license.                                                                   
Representative Lynn  replied that the spouse  would apply for                                                                   
Ms.  Cunningham  referred  to  earlier  legislation  in  2003                                                                   
whereby anyone  could purchase a commemorative  license plate                                                                   
to  support veterans.   The  money  raised from  the sale  of                                                                   
those plates would  be appropriated back to  support services                                                                   
for veterans.                                                                                                                   
2:44:03 PM                                                                                                                    
DUANE  BANNOCK,   DIRECTOR,  DIVISION   OF  MOTOR   VEHICLES,                                                                   
DEPARTMENT  OF  ADMINISTRATION,   opined  that  many  of  the                                                                   
automobiles are  in the name of  the veteran and  the spouse.                                                                   
He gave an example.   Under Chapter 48 when two  names are on                                                                   
the vehicle title,  either party can make an  application for                                                                   
a license.  He discussed the Commemorative  Veteran's License                                                                   
Plate, which honors military personnel.                                                                                         
Representative Stoltze noted that  the license plate bill has                                                                   
become  more complicated.   He asked  Representative  Lynn if                                                                   
the  CS  was   acceptable.    Representative   Lynn  noted  a                                                                   
preference for  the original bill,  but stated  acceptance of                                                                   
the new CS.                                                                                                                     
2:48:06 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative Stoltze WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                  
Co-Chair Meyer asked that the  OBJECTION remain on the table.                                                                   
Representative Foster noted that  he had recently been in two                                                                   
Division  of Motor  Vehicle offices  and did  not notice  the                                                                   
commemorative veterans display.                                                                                                 
Mr. Bannock commented  that he would be disappointed  if each                                                                   
office  did  not show  a  display  of all  available  license                                                                   
Representative Kerttula  inquired if language  in the current                                                                   
law would  include those  that who are  currently POWs.   Mr.                                                                   
Bannock replied that he was referring  to past tense (former)                                                                   
prisoners of war.   He understood that the  statute indicates                                                                   
past tense.                                                                                                                     
Representative Kerttula  questioned the circumstances  if the                                                                   
person  has been,  and  is currently,  a  POW.   Mr.  Bannock                                                                   
responded that if a person came  in with a document that tied                                                                   
POW to a name  that was listed on the vehicle,  that customer                                                                   
would receive  the plate.  He  acknowledged that it  could be                                                                   
challenged.   There  are  a total  of  34 vehicles  with  POW                                                                   
license plates.                                                                                                                 
2:52:57 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative Stoltze  WITHDREW his OBJECTION.   There being                                                                   
NO further OBJECTION, CSHB 245 was adopted.                                                                                     
Representative  Hawker noted concerned  that the  proper term                                                                   
for Congressional Medal of Honor  should be "Medal of Honor".                                                                   
Representative Lynn  responded that he  did not know,  but he                                                                   
offered to  research it.   Representative Foster  stated that                                                                   
he also did not know.                                                                                                           
2:56:28 PM                                                                                                                    
Discussion occurred  between committee members  regarding the                                                                   
possibility of clarifying the Prisoner of War status.                                                                           
Representative Lynn  offered to check with the  Department of                                                                   
Defense regarding that language.                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  recommended that the number of  amendments be                                                                   
Representative  Hawker commented that  he would vote  with an                                                                   
"amend" recommendation.                                                                                                         
2:58:24 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative Foster  MOVED to REPORT CSHB 245  (FIN) out of                                                                   
Committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  with  the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal  note.  There being NO  OBJECTION, it was                                                                   
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
CSHB  245 (FIN)  was reported  out  of Committee  with a  "do                                                                   
pass"  recommendation  and with  a  new  fiscal note  by  the                                                                   
Department of Administration.                                                                                                   

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