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4383Ratification Number: 467Act Number: 352Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020108Primary Sponsor: LimehouseAll Sponsors: Limehouse, Altman, Campsen, Chellis, Harvin, J.R. Smith, Snow, Whatley, Taylor, Rodgers, BarfieldDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\skb\18683cm02.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020605Date of Last Amendment: 20020306Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20020719Subject: Artificial Reef special license plates issuedHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20020731 Act No. A352 ------ 20020719 Signed by Governor ------ 20020606 Ratified R467 Senate 20020605 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 20020604 Read second time Senate 20020530 Recalled from Committee, 15 ST placed on the Calendar Senate 20020312 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to Committee House 20020307 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20020306 Amended, read second time House 20020305 Committee report: Favorable with 21 HEPW amendment House 20020115 Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep. Barfield House 20020108 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee House 20011205 Prefiled, referred to Committee 21 HEPW Versions of This Bill Revised on March 5, 2002 - Word format Revised on March 6, 2002 - Word format Revised on May 30, 2002 - Word format
(A352, R467, H4383)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 3, TITLE 56, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING, BY ADDING ARTICLE 62 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ARTIFICIAL REEF SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROCEEDS OBTAINED FROM THE ISSUANCE OF THE LICENSE PLATES WOULD BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN ARTIFICIAL REEFS ALONG THE STATE'S COASTLINE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-8100, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION GUIDELINES FOR SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PORTION OF THE FEES COLLECTED FROM THE ISSUANCE OF CERTAIN SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES MUST BE USED TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSES OF PRODUCING AND ADMINISTERING THE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Artificial Reef special license plate
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 56-3-7300. (A) The department may issue 'Artificial Reef' special motor vehicle license plates to owners of private passenger-carrying motor vehicles or light pickups having an empty weight of seven thousand pounds or less and a gross weight of nine thousand pounds or less registered in their names. The special license plate must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month it is issued. The fee for this special license plate is the regular motor vehicle license fee contained in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title and a special motor vehicle license fee of fifty dollars.
(B) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the department to defray the expenses of the Motor Vehicle Division in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be deposited in a special account, separate and apart from the general fund, established within and administered by the Department of Natural Resources to support artificial reef development, maintenance, and management.
(C) Before the department produces and distributes a plate authorized under this section, it must receive:
(1) four hundred or more prepaid applications for the special license plate or a deposit of four thousand dollars from the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate. If a deposit of four thousand dollars is made by an individual or organization pursuant to this section, the department must refund the four thousand dollars once an equivalent amount of license plate fees is collected for that organization's license plate. If the equivalent amount is not collected within four years of the first issuance of the license plate, then the department must retain the deposit; and
(2) a plan to market the sale of the special license plate that must be approved by the department.
(D) If the department receives less than three hundred biennial applications and renewals for a particular special license plate authorized under this section, it shall not produce additional special license plates in that series. The department shall continue to issue special license plates of that series until the existing inventory is exhausted."
Special license plate fees
SECTION 2. Section 56-3-8100 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 63 of 1999, is amended by adding at the end:
"(D) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the fees collected for the special license plate, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the Department of Public Safety to defray the expenses of the Motor Vehicle Division in producing and administering the special plate."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 6th day of June, 2002.
Approved the 19th day of July, 2002.
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