Current Status Bill Number:
473Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19950208Primary Sponsor: ReeseAll Sponsors: ReeseDrafted Document Number: JIC\5372HTC.95Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Transportation Committee 15 STSubject: College license plates, out-of-state
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19950208 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-3710, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SPECIAL COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY AUTOMOBILE LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND TAXATION TO ISSUE SUCH PLATES FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES LOCATED OUTSIDE THE STATE AND PROVIDE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE REVENUE OF THESE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-3710 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 56-3-3710. (A) The department may issue special motor vehicle license plates to owners of private passenger-carrying motor vehicles or light pickups having an empty weight of five thousand pounds or less and a gross weight of eight thousand pounds or less registered in their names which may have imprinted on the plate any emblem, seal, or other symbol the department considers appropriate of a public college or university, or independent institution of higher learning defined in Section 59-113-50, located in within or without this State. A school may submit to the department for its approval the emblem, seal, or other symbol it desires to be used for its respective special license plate. A school also may request a change in the emblem, seal, or other symbol not more than once every five years. The fee for this special license plate is thirty-five dollars each year which is in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee as set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title. This special license plate must be of the same size and general design of regular motor vehicle license plates. The special license plates must be issued or revalidated for an annual period which expires twelve months from the month they are issued.
(B) The fees collected pursuant to this section must be distributed to a separate fund for each of the respective colleges, universities, or independent institutions of higher learning. However, fees for out-of-state institutions plates must be distributed proportionately to institutions of higher learning in this State based on the percentage that each such institution receives pursuant to this section. Each fund must be administered by the school and must be used only for academic scholarships. Funds collected for state colleges and universities and out-of-state institutions must be deposited with the State Treasurer. Funds collected for independent institutions must be deposited in an account designated by the respective school. The distribution is based on the total number of special license plates sold and on the number sold for the respective school as follows:
(1) one thousand or less total special license plates sold: twenty-six dollars to the department and nine dollars to the school for each special license plate sold for the respective school;
(2) more than one thousand and less than two thousand total special license plates sold: twenty-one dollars to the department and fourteen dollars to the school for each special license plate sold for the respective school;
(3) two thousand or more total special license plates sold: fifteen dollars to the department and twenty dollars to the school for each special license plate sold for the respective school.
(C) The department must receive one hundred or more applications requesting a special license plate for a school before a specialized license plate may be developed for that school."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect July 1, 1995.