HOUSE BILL No. 4681

 

 

May 28, 2019, Introduced by Reps. Tate, Sabo, Calley, Vaupel, Howell and Jones and referred to the Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security.

 

     A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

 

"Michigan vehicle code,"

 

by amending sections 803e and 803f (MCL 257.803e and 257.803f),

 

section 803e as amended by 2011 PA 46 and section 803f as amended

 

by 2018 PA 681.

 

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

 

apply 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 apply 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 apply 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 Purple

 

Heart medal may make application apply 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 must be inscribed with a vignette of the official

 

purple heart Purple Heart medal.

 

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

 

on a form prescribed by the secretary of state, and shall must 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 Purple Heart medal that the secretary of state may

 

require. Application for a "Gold Star Family" special registration

 

plate described in subsection (9) shall must be on a form


prescribed by the secretary of state and shall must be accompanied

 

by any proof of the applicant having been a gold star family member

 

that the secretary of state may require. The application for a

 

special registration plate shall also be accompanied with payment

 

of a $5.00 service fee.

 

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

 

fee, 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 applies for

 

a special registration plate under this section and who makes

 

payment of the $5.00 service fee shall must 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 must 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) shall must 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) for an application for renewal of

 

the special registration plate.

 

     (9) A gold star family member may make application apply 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) 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.

 

     Sec. 803f. (1) A person who is a totally disabled veteran with

 

an honorable discharge from the armed services may make an

 

application apply to the secretary of state if he or she owns a

 

private passenger motor vehicle, and the secretary of state may

 

issue a special registration plate inscribed with special

 

identification numbers preceded by the letters "DV" and the words

 

"disabled veteran" inscribed beneath the registration number. For

 

the purposes of this section, "private passenger motor vehicle"

 

means a motor vehicle that is personally owned by the disabled


veteran and is used for the primary purpose of transporting the

 

disabled veteran and family members of the disabled veteran, but

 

does not include a motor home.

 

     (2) Application for the special registration plate must be on

 

a form prescribed by the secretary of state and must be accompanied

 

by a service fee of $5.00 and proof that the applicant was

 

honorably discharged from the armed services and either 1 of the

 

following:

 

     (a) That the applicant has been determined by the United

 

States Department of Veterans Affairs to have a service-connected

 

total or permanent total disability rating for compensation.

 

     (b) That the applicant has been determined to have a service-

 

connected total or permanent total disability rating and is

 

receiving disability retirement pay from a branch of the uniformed

 

armed services.

 

     (3) A special registration issued under this section is exempt

 

from payment of the tax provided in section 801.

 

     (4) The special registration plate expires on the birthday of

 

the disabled veteran in a year in which new plates are issued by

 

the secretary of state. Application for renewal of the special

 

registration plate must be accompanied by a $5.00 service fee. The

 

applicant shall is not be required to furnish the proof provided in

 

subsection (2) for an application for renewal of the special

 

registration plate.

 

     (5) The surviving spouse of a person who is a totally disabled

 

veteran with an honorable discharge from the armed services may use

 

a special registration plate issued under this section after the


death of the totally disabled veteran and may renew a special

 

registration plate issued under this section after the death of the

 

totally disabled veteran in the same manner as provided under this

 

section for a totally disabled veteran. If applicable, a surviving

 

spouse shall apply for registration of the vehicle upon which he or

 

she wishes to place the disabled veteran plate before using or

 

renewing the plate as described in this section.

 

     (6) The secretary of state may issue to a disabled person who

 

has been issued a special registration plate under this section a

 

tab for persons with disabilities. The tab for persons with

 

disabilities must be an adhesive tab displaying the international

 

wheelchair symbol or a reasonable facsimile of that symbol. The tab

 

for persons with disabilities may be attached only to the special

 

registration plate issued to the disabled person under this

 

section.

 

     (7) An application for a tab for persons with disabilities

 

shall must be on a form prescribed by the secretary of state. 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. If the surviving spouse of a

 

totally disabled veteran is a disabled person, he or she may apply

 

to the secretary of state for a tab for persons with disabilities

 

in the same manner as provided for a totally disabled veteran under

 

this subsection.

 

     (8) The tab for persons with disabilities must be issued free

 

of charge.

 

     (9) When a disabled person who has been issued a tab for


persons with disabilities renews his or her special registration

 

plate under this section, the secretary of state shall issue a new

 

tab for persons with disabilities to the disabled person, free of

 

charge. The disabled person shall is not be required to again

 

furnish the proof required under subsection (7).

 

     (10) The use of the special registration plate or a tab for

 

persons with disabilities on a motor vehicle other than the motor

 

vehicle for which the special registration plate is issued, or by a

 

person who does not qualify under this section, is a misdemeanor.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect

 

unless all of the following bills of the 100th Legislature are

 

enacted into law:

 

     (a) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No. 4680 (request no.

 

03282'19).

 

     (b) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No.____ (request no.

 

03283'19).

 

     (c) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No.____ (request no.

 

03284'19).

 

     (d) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No. 4684 (request no.

 

03285'19).

 

     (e) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No. 4682 (request no.

 

03291'19).

 

     (f) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No.____ (request no.

 

03292'19).

 

     (g) Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No.____ (request no.

 

03294'19).