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AB-1884 Specialized license plates: mental health awareness.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.

 Section 5166 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

5166.
 (a)  The State Department of Health Care Services shall apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles, pursuant to Section 5156, to sponsor a mental health awareness license plate program. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue specialized license plates for that program if the State Department of Health Care Services complies with the requirements of this article.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 5157, the additional fees prescribed by Section 5157 for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of the specialized license plates shall be deposited, after the Department of Motor Vehicles deducts its administrative costs, in the Mental Health Awareness Fund, which is hereby established in the State Treasury. The funds in the account shall be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature to the State Department of Health Care Services, for mental health awareness and education.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Motor Vehicles, in consultation with the Mental Health Services Division within the State Department of Health Care Services, will design and make available for issuance pursuant to this article special mental health awareness license plates. Specifically, it is the intent of the Legislature that the license plates issued pursuant to this section consist of a lime green mental health awareness ribbon to the left of the numerical series and a mental health awareness message, such as “Mental Health Matters,” below the numerical series.