HCS SCS SB 765 -- MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE PLATES
SPONSOR: Kenney (O'Connor)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Motor Vehicle and
Traffic Regulations by a vote of 9 to 5.
This substitute allows military and certain specialty plates to be obtained
for commercial motor vehicles licensed for a gross weight not in excess of
18,000 pounds (certain pickup trucks), except apportioned commercial motor
vehicles. Military plates will not be subject to the fee charged for
personalized plates. All military plates, except the Congressional Medal of
Honor, Retired Military, and the Prisoner of War plates, and most
speciality plates will cost $15 in addition to the regular registration
fee. There will no longer be a limit on the number of military plates a
person may obtain as long as each set is issued for vehicles owned solely
or jointly by the person. Any person applying for a military plate will
have an option of contributing $10 to the National World War II Memorial to
be constructed in Washington, D.C.
An advisory committee for the Department of Revenue is established for the
purpose of developing guidelines for the issuance of specialized license
plates. This committee must direct the Director of Revenue to implement its
guidelines for all specialized license plates no later than July 1, 2001.
The Department of Revenue is allowed to issue 30-day, temporary permits to
applicants for personalized plates. Currently, regular plates are issued
until the stamped personalized plate is available.
Penalties are provided for any person who makes a false statement or
declaration to the Director of the Department of Revenue.
The substitute also simplifies Department of Revenue procedures, including
allowing statements where affidavits are now required and clarifying the
procedure for use of a license plate issued in the year the vehicle was
The following new plates are made available: "Prisoner of War/Missing In
Action(POW/MIA)," "Native American," "Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.," "Wilson's
Creek National Battlefield," "Missouri Federation of Square and Round
Dancers," "D.A.R.E.," "Missouri Coroners' and Medical Examiners'
Association," "Missouri 4-H," "Missouri Botanical Garden," "Humane Society
of Missouri," "St. Louis Zoo," "Kansas City Zoo," "Springfield Zoo," "St.
Louis College of Pharmacy," "Boy Scouts of America," Elks Lodge,"
"Shriners," "American Legion," " MO-AG Association," "Bronze Star," "Combat
Medic," "Gulf War Veteran," "Distinguished Flying Cross," "Teamsters,"
"Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation," "Fraternal Order Of Police," and
FISCAL NOTE: Estimated Net Income to Highway Fund of $145,968 in FY 2001,
$328,786 in FY 2002, and $327,553 in FY 2003. Totals do not include any
additional unknown costs or income as a result of an anticipated increase
in the number of applications for speciality license plates or World War II
Memorial Trust Fund contributions. Estimated Net Cost to World War II
Memorial Trust Fund of Unknown in FY 2001, FY 2002, and FY 2003, subject to
appropriations by General Assembly. Estimated Net Cost to General Revenue
Fund of $13,673 in FY 2001, $13,673 in FY 2002, and $0 in FY 2003.
Estimated Net Income to Missouri Alternatives for Abortion Support Fund of
$32,500 to Unknown in FY 2001, $18,827 to Unknown in FY 2002, and $32,500
to Unknown in FY 2003.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that many non-veterans have had friends and
family that were prisoners of war or listed as missing in action and would
like to show their support and appreciation for them with a license plate.
Testifying for the bill was Senator Kenney.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Robert Triplett, Legislative Analyst