SUMMARY OF HOUSE-PASSED BILL
The bill would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to do the following:
-- Allow the Secretary of State to issue a fund-raising plate instead of a standard registration plate to a person for use on a passenger motor vehicle, motor home, pickup truck, or van used for reasons besides transporting personal possessions or family members for nonbusiness purposes.
-- Extend, from 30 days to 60 days, the length of time a temporary registration permit may be valid.
A person may be issued a fund-raising plate for use on a vehicle by applying to the Secretary of State. An application for an original fund-raising plate must be accompanied by a $25 fund-raising donation, as well as payment of the regular vehicle registration tax prescribed under the Code and a $10 service fee. An application for renewal of a fund-raising plate must be accompanied by payment of the vehicle registration tax required under the Code and a $10 fund-raising donation.
The Secretary of State may, upon application, issue one fund-raising plate instead of a standard registration plate to a person for use on a passenger motor vehicle, motor home, pickup truck, or van used exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members for nonbusiness purposes. The bill would delete the requirement that the vehicle be used exclusively to transport personal possessions or family members for nonbusiness purposes.
The Code allows the Secretary of State to issue a temporary registration permit to a person who submits an application and the proper fees and donation for a fund-raising plate, if the applicant's current vehicle registration will expire before he or she receives a fund-raising plate. The temporary registration expires upon the applicant's receipt of a fund-raising plate or upon the expiration of 30 days after the date of issuance, whichever occurs first. The bill would refer to 60 days after the date of issuance.
The bill would take effect on February 19, 2019.
State: The bill would have no fiscal impact on the Department of State as the bill would not create any new fund-raising license plates but rather would allow an existing fund-raising
plate to be purchased for a commercial vehicle. The Department's information technology systems are currently in the process of being upgraded and will be able to accommodate the issuance of fund-raising plates for commercial vehicles. Thus, the bill would not create any additional costs for the Department.
Local: The 29 entities currently receiving revenue from fund-raising license plates (the State's 15 public university plates and 14 additional special cause plates) could see an increase in revenue. However, the amount of revenue is indeterminate and would depend on the number of commercial vehicles for which a fund-raising license plate was ultimately purchased. For each fund-raising license plate purchased, the sponsoring entity would receive $10 when the plate was issued and in each subsequent year that the plate was renewed.
This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.