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SB-1357 Vehicles: license plates: veterans.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/13/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1357


Introduced by Senator Gaines

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 5068.2 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1357, as amended, Gaines. Vehicles: license plates: veterans.
Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue special license plates under a special interest license plate program, as specified, and authorizes organizations, including veterans’ organizations, to participate in that program. Existing law authorizes any person who is the registered owner or lessee of a vehicle to apply for a special interest license plate that has a distinctive design or decal that honors all veterans or veterans who served in a particular war or armed conflict. Under existing law, these special interest license plates are subject to fees for issuance, renewal, or personalization that are additional to those required for nonspecialized license plates. Existing law requires that the revenue from those additional fees, less the department’s costs, be deposited in the Veterans Service Office Fund, and further requires that money in the Veterans Service Office Fund be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the Department of Veterans Affairs for allocation and disbursement to counties for the operation of county veterans service offices.
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to adopt, and the Department of Motor Vehicles to implement, 2 descriptive messages as part of the distinctive design for specialized plates for veterans, which would consist of “Honoring Veterans” and “Veteran.” The bill would only authorize the “Veteran” message to be issued to an applicant who provides documentation of his or her service in the Armed Forces or California National Guard, meets the eligibility standards required to have a veteran designation on his or her driver’s license or identification card, as specified. The bill would require the departments to establish a process for determining documenting that eligibility.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 5068.2 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

5068.2.
 (a) In order to differentiate between an applicant who is a member of the general public or who is an actual veteran, no later than July 1, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs shall adopt, and the department shall implement, two descriptive messages as part of the distinctive design described in subdivision (a) of Section 5068.
(1) The first descriptive message shall be “Honoring Veterans” and plates with this message shall be issued to an applicant as described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 5068.
(2) The second descriptive message shall be “Veteran” and shall be issued to an applicant as described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 5068 who also provides documentation of honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States or of a minimum of 180 days of honorable service in the California National Guard. and who meets the eligibility standards for the “VETERAN” designation on a driver’s license or identification card specified in paragraph (5) of subdivision (c) of Section 12811.
(b) The department, in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs, shall establish a process by which eligible applicants may document their eligibility as described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).