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A312, R375, H4935
Sponsors: Rep. Richardson
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 1103
Introduced in the House on March 11, 2004
Introduced in the Senate on April 21, 2004
Last Amended on April 20, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on June 1, 2004
Governor's Action: September 17, 2004, Signed
Summary: Ducks Unlimited special license plate
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/11/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-7 3/11/2004 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-7 4/7/2004 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works HJ-3 4/12/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 4/14/2004 House Amended HJ-86 4/14/2004 House Debate adjourned until Tuesday, April 20, 2004 HJ-88 4/20/2004 House Amended HJ-19 4/20/2004 House Read second time HJ-21 4/21/2004 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-14 4/21/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-39 4/21/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation SJ-39 5/25/2004 Senate Polled out of committee Transportation SJ-18 5/25/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable Transportation SJ-18 5/27/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-211 5/27/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-211 6/1/2004 Senate Read third time and enrolled SJ-20 6/2/2004 Ratified R 375 9/17/2004 Signed By Governor 9/21/2004 Copies available 9/21/2004 Effective date 09/17/04 9/21/2004 Act No. 312
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(A312, R375, H4935)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-8600, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF DUCKS UNLIMITED SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS LICENSE PLATE MAY BE ISSUED TO ANY OWNER OF CERTAIN PRIVATE PASSENGER-CARRYING MOTOR VEHICLES INSTEAD OF ONLY TO MEMBERS OF DUCKS UNLIMITED, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DUCKS UNLIMITED STATE COMMITTEE EMBLEM, SEAL, OR SYMBOL MAY BE IMPRINTED ON THE LICENSE PLATES, TO PROVIDE THAT THE LICENSE PLATES MUST BE ISSUED BIENNIALLY, AND TO REVISE THE FEE FOR THE LICENSE PLATE AND ITS DISTRIBUTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Ducks Unlimited special license plates
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-8600 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 104 of 2001, is amended to read:
"Section 56-3-8600. (A) The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue 'Ducks Unlimited' special motor vehicle license plates to owners of private-passenger carrying motor vehicles or light pickup trucks having an empty weight of seven thousand pounds or less and a gross weight of nine thousand pounds or less registered in their names which may have imprinted on them an emblem, seal, or symbol of the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee. The South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee must submit to the department for its approval the emblem, seal, or symbol it wishes to display on the plates. The South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee must submit to the department written authorization for use of any copyrighted or registered logos, trademarks, or designs. The South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee may request a change in the emblem, seal, or symbol not more than once every five years. The plates must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month they are issued. The fee for the plate is the regular motor vehicle registration 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 department in producing and administering the plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee for wetlands conservation projects in South Carolina. Any remaining funds must be administered by the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee and deposited in an appropriate nonprofit account designated by the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Committee.
(C) Before the department produces and distributes a plate authorized under this section, it must receive:
(1) four hundred prepaid applications for the 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 fees is collected for the 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 plate which must be approved by the department.
(D) If the department receives less than three hundred biennial applications and renewals for the plate, it shall not produce additional plates in that series. The department shall continue to issue plates of that series until the existing inventory is exhausted."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2004.
Approved the 17th day of September, 2004.
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