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SB-21 Specialized license plates: mental health awareness.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today


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

 (a) The State Department of Education 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 the program if the State Department of Education 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 Education, for mental health services in public schools.
(c) The School Health and Safety Office within the State Department of Education shall accept and use donated artwork from California artists in the license plate design. Specifically, a license plate issued pursuant to this section shall consist of mental health awareness artwork to the left of the numerical series and a mental health awareness message, such as “You Are Not Alone,” below the numerical series.