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SB-1112 Specialized license plates: support services.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 5155 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

5155.
 The design criteria for a specialized license plate are as follows:
(a) Except as provided in Section 5161,  Sections 5161 and 5164,  the license plate for a passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle, or trailer shall provide a space not larger than two inches by three inches to the left of the numerical series and a space not larger than five-eighths of an inch in height below the numerical series for a distinctive design, decal, or descriptive message as authorized by this article. The license plates shall be issued in sequential numerical order or, pursuant to Section 5103, in a combination of numbers or letters.
(b) Specialized license plates authorized under this article may be issued for use on a motorcycle. That license plate shall contain a five-digit configuration issued in sequential numerical order or, pursuant to Section 5103, in a combination of numbers or letters. There shall be a space to the left of the numerical series for a distinctive design or decal and the characters shall contrast sharply with the uniform background color. A motorcycle plate containing a full plate graphic design is not authorized.
(c) Specialized license plates may be issued as environmental license plates, as defined in Section 5103.

SEC. 2.

 Section 5164 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

5164.
 (a) The Department of Housing and Community Development shall apply to the department to sponsor a housing supportive services specialized license plate program pursuant to Section 5156.
(b) The fees specified in Section 5157 shall be imposed for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of the housing supportive services specialized license plates. Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 5157, after deducting its administrative costs, the department shall deposit the revenue derived from the additional fees into the Housing Supportive Services Account, which is hereby established in the Specialized License Plate Fund. The funds in the account, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be used by the Department of Housing and Community Development to fund the supportive services to the targeted populations served by the Housing for a Healthy California program.
(c) Notwithstanding Section 5155, the housing supportive services license plate shall be distinct from other existing license plates by the inclusion of a well within the portion of the license plate that has the alpha-numeric sequence. The well may be placed in any position within that portion of the license plate. A hashtag symbol shall be imprinted within the well itself. However, for purposes of processing the alpha-numeric sequence, the symbol within the well shall be read as a blank within the alpha-numeric sequence. An applicant for a housing supportive services specialized license plate may request a specific character sequence that includes the hashtag symbol, in accordance with instructions which shall be provided by the department. The Department of Motor Vehicles shall cooperate with representatives of the Department of the California Highway Patrol and the Prison Industry Authority to design the final shape and dimension of the symbol for these license plates.