SENATE BILL No. 781

 

 

February 11, 2016, Introduced by Senators SCHUITMAKER and O'BRIEN and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

 

"Michigan vehicle code,"

 

by amending section 803e (MCL 257.803e), as amended by 2011 PA 46.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 803e. (1) A person who has been a prisoner of war or a

 

person whose spouse has been a prisoner of war may make application

 

to the secretary of state for a special registration plate that

 

shall be inscribed with special identification numbers preceded by

 

the letters "EX-POW" and shall have the words "ex-prisoner of war"

 

inscribed beneath the registration number.

 

     (2) A person who was a member of the armed services during

 

World War I may make application to the secretary of state for a

 

special registration plate , that shall be inscribed with special

 

identification numbers preceded by the letters "WWI" and shall have


the words "World War I veteran" inscribed beneath the registration

 

number.

 

     (3) A person who was a member of the armed services during

 

1941, stationed at a United States military or naval establishment

 

at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian islands, and who survived the

 

attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 may make

 

application to the secretary of state for a special registration

 

plate , that shall be inscribed with special identification numbers

 

and shall have the words "Pearl Harbor survivor" inscribed beneath

 

the registration number.

 

     (4) A person who is a recipient of the purple heart medal may

 

make application to the secretary of state for a special

 

registration plate that shall be inscribed with special

 

identification numbers and shall have the words "combat wounded

 

veteran" inscribed beneath the registration number. In addition,

 

the special registration plate described under in this subsection

 

shall be inscribed with a vignette of the official purple heart

 

medal.

 

     (5) Application for a special registration plate shall be on a

 

form prescribed by the secretary of state , and shall be

 

accompanied by any proof of the applicant having been a prisoner of

 

war, World War I veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor, or recipient of

 

the purple heart medal that the secretary of state may require.

 

Application for a "Gold Star Family" special registration plate

 

described in subsection (9) shall be on a form prescribed by the

 

secretary of state and shall be accompanied by any proof of the

 

applicant having been a gold star family member that the secretary


of state may require. Application for an "Honor and Remember"

 

special registration plate shall be on a form prescribed by the

 

secretary of state. The secretary of state shall not impose any

 

eligibility requirements upon an applicant for an "Honor and

 

Remember" plate. The application for a special registration plate

 

under subsections (1) to (4) and subsection (9) shall also be

 

accompanied with payment of a $5.00 service fee. The secretary of

 

state shall not require payment of a $5.00 service fee for an

 

"Honor and Remember" special registration plate.

 

     (6) Upon proper application and payment of the $5.00 service

 

fee, if applicable, the secretary of state shall issue 1 or more

 

special registration plates for each applicant for use on a

 

passenger vehicle. A person who is disabled who makes application

 

for a special registration plate under this section and who makes

 

payment of the $5.00 service fee, if applicable, shall be issued a

 

tab for persons with disabilities as provided in section 803f for

 

his or her special registration plate. The secretary of state shall

 

require the same proof that the applicant is a disabled person as

 

is required for issuance of a permanent windshield placard under

 

section 675. One person in any household is entitled to 1 special

 

registration plate issued under subsection (1) that is exempt from

 

payment of the tax provided in section 801. The person who is

 

issued an additional special registration plate under subsection

 

(1) shall be assessed the applicable tax provided for in section

 

801. A person issued 1 or more special registration plates under

 

subsection (2), (3), (4), or (9), or (10) shall be assessed the

 

applicable tax provided in section 801.


     (7) The use of a special registration plate on a vehicle other

 

than the vehicle for which the plate is issued, or by a person who

 

does not qualify under this section, is a misdemeanor.

 

     (8) The special registration plate issued under this section

 

expires on the birthday of the vehicle owner in a year in which new

 

plates are issued by the secretary of state. Application for

 

renewal of the special registration plate shall be accompanied by a

 

$5.00 service fee. The applicant is not required to furnish the

 

proof provided in subsection (5).

 

     (9) A gold star family member may make application to the

 

secretary of state for a special registration plate that shall be

 

inscribed with special identification numbers preceded by a gold

 

star and shall have the words "Gold Star Family" inscribed beneath

 

the registration number.

 

     (10) A person may make application to the secretary of state

 

for a special registration plate inscribed with special

 

identification numbers preceded by the honor and remember flag and

 

the words "Honor and Remember" inscribed beneath the registration

 

number. As used in this subsection, "honor and remember flag" means

 

the flag developed by the Honor and Remember organization.

 

     (11) (10) As used in this section, "gold star family member"

 

means a person who has had an immediate family member die while

 

serving in the United States armed forces Armed Forces or in forces

 

incorporated as part of the United States armed forces Armed Forces

 

if the immediate family member meets any of the eligibility

 

criteria specified in 10 USC 1126(a)(1) to (3) for a gold star

 

lapel button.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.