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May 8, 2001
S. Printed 5/8/01--S.
Read the first time April 18, 2001.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 597) to amend Chapter 3, Title 56, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to motor vehicle registration and licensing, by adding Article 91 , etc., respectfully
Has polled the Bill out majority favorable.
TO AMEND CHAPTER 3, TITLE 56, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING, BY ADDING ARTICLE 91 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 56-3-9100. (A) The Department of Public Safety may issue special motor vehicle license plates to owners of private passenger carrying motor vehicles or light pickups having an empty weight of six thousand six hundred pounds or less and a gross weight of nine thousand pounds or less registered in their names which may have imprinted on the plate an emblem, a seal, or other symbol the department considers appropriate for the Fraternal Order of Police. The fee for this special license plate is seventy dollars every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle license fee set forth in Article 5. From the fees collected, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the department to defray the expense of producing the license plate. This special license plate must be of the same size and general design of regular motor vehicle license plates. The special license plate must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month it is issued.
(B) Before the Department of Public Safety produces and distributes a special license plate pursuant to this section, it must receive four hundred 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, the department shall retain the deposit."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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