Bill Summary for H 289 (2011-2012)

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Mar 9 2011

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View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
House Bill 289 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 9, 2011
TO AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO ISSUE VARIOUS SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES.
Intro. by Gillespie.

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Amends GS 20-79.4(b) to direct the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue various special registration license plates categorized as follows: American Red Cross, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Recipient, Battle of Kings Mountain, Blue Knights, Boy Scouts of America, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Carolina Raptor Center, Carolina Regional Volleyball Association, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, Carolinas Golf Association, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Choose Life, Coastal Land Trust, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Donate Life, First in Turf, Farmland Preservation, Girl Scouts, High Point Furniture Market 100th Anniversary, Hollerin’, Home of American Golf, Jaycees, Legion of Merit, Lifetime Sportsman, Mayor, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Municipal Council, NC Beekeepers, NC Civil War, NC Fisheries Association, NC Horse Council, NC Mining, NC Wildlife Federation, NC Veterinary Medical Association, NC Victim Assistance Network, North Carolina Emergency Management Association, North Carolina Master Gardener, North Carolina State Flag, Outer Banks Preservation Association, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Piedmont Airlines, Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, School Board, Silver Star Recipient/ Disabled Veteran, S.T.A.R., Support NC Education, Support Soccer, Toastmasters Club, Town of Oak Island, Travel and Tourism, United States Service Academy, and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Provides that the development of each of the special registration plates is contingent on receiving at least 300 plate applications. Provides that the development of the plate Battleship North Carolina is contingent on receiving at least 300 applications. Changes the name of the US Navy Specialty plate to the US Navy Submarine Veteran plate.
Provides for additional registration fees ranging from $15 to $30 for special registration plates. Amends GS 20-79.7(b) to provide for the distribution of fees collected for the new special registration plates to the Special Registration Plate Account and the Collegiate and Cultural Attraction Plate Account (CCAPA).
Amends GS 20-79.7(a) to delete the Olympic Games special registration plate.
Adds 12 special registration license plates to the list of those identified in GS 20-63(b) that do not have to bear the phrase First in Flight: (1) Battle of Kings Mountain, (2) Carolina Raptor Center, (3) Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, (4) Coastal Land Trust, (5) Donate Life, (6) Farmland Preservation, (7) NC Civil War, (8) NC Mining, (9) North Carolina State Flag, (10) North Carolina Zoological Society, (11) Travel and Tourism, and (12) United States Service Academy.
Amends GS 20-81.12(b2) to provide that the transfer from the CCAPA of money from the sale of the special attraction plate Old Baldy is to be transferred quarterly to the Old Baldy Foundation Inc. and the revenue from the sale of the special plate U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission is to be transferred quarterly to the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission to be used for educational and preservation programs and operating expenses. Further amends GS 20-81.12 to provide for the use of funds derived from the sale of the proposed new plates.
Effective July 1, 2011, enacts new GS 20-79.8 providing for the expiration of a special registration plates authorized under GS 20-79.4 on July 1 of the second calendar year in which the plate was authorized if the required number of applications for the special plate has not been received by the DMV. Provides that the DMV will not accept applications for or advertise any special registration plate that has expired. Requires the DMV to provide written notification to the Revisor of Statutes no later than July 15 of each year identifying which special registration authorizations have expired as a matter of law under these provisions. Directs the DMV to publish a copy of the written notification on its website or that of the Department of Transportation. Requires the Revisor of Statutes to verify that the authorization for each special plate registration has expired upon receiving notice of the expiration from the DMV. Provides additional responsibilities of the Revisor of Statutes in amending the necessary statutes.
Despite the above provisions, provides that a special plate authorization under GS 20-79.7 prior to July 1, 2011, expires as a matter of law on July 1, 2013, if the required number of applications has not been received. Also requires written notice to the Revisor of Statutes under this section and places accountability for verifying that each special plate has expired and making the necessary statutory amendments on the Revisor of Statutes upon receipt of notice from the DMV. Authorizes the Revisor of Statutes to alphabetize, number, and renumber the special registration plates listed in GS 20-79.4 to ensure that all the special registration plates are listed in alphabetical order and numbered accordingly.

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