Download This Bill in Microsoft Word format
A90, R126, H3232
Sponsors: Reps. Breeland, Mack, Anderson, R. Brown, Clyburn, Hart, Hosey, Howard, Jefferson, Scott and Williams
Document Path: l:\council\bills\swb\5047cm07.doc
Introduced in the House on January 11, 2007
Introduced in the Senate on March 13, 2007
Last Amended on May 29, 2007
Passed by the General Assembly on May 31, 2007
Governor's Action: June 14, 2007, Signed
Summary: Fraternity and sorority license plates
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/11/2007 House Introduced and read first time HJ-277 1/11/2007 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-278 3/7/2007 House Committee report: Favorable Education and Public Works HJ-2 3/8/2007 House Read second time HJ-29 3/8/2007 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-30 3/9/2007 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-2 3/13/2007 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-14 3/13/2007 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation SJ-14 5/17/2007 Senate Committee report: Favorable Transportation SJ-5 5/22/2007 Senate Read second time SJ-23 5/23/2007 Senate Amended SJ-69 5/23/2007 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-69 5/24/2007 Scrivener's error corrected 5/29/2007 House Senate amendment amended HJ-33 5/29/2007 House Returned to Senate with amendments HJ-33 5/31/2007 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled SJ-139 6/7/2007 Ratified R 126 6/14/2007 Signed By Governor 6/20/2007 Copies available 6/20/2007 Effective date 06/14/07 6/27/2007 Act No. 90
View the latest legislative information at the LPITS web site
VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A90, R126, H3232)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-7750, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF FRATERNITY AND SORORITY SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FEES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION MAY BE USED FOR ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, OR TO FUND PROGRAMS THAT SEND BOYS AND GIRLS WHO ARE AT LEAST EIGHT YEARS OLD AND NOT MORE THAN SIXTEEN YEARS OLD TO SUMMER CAMP, OR BOTH; TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1240, RELATING TO THE DISPLAY OF MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISPLAY OF LICENSE PLATES ON CERTAIN COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-8100, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION DO NOT APPLY TO THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF KOREAN WAR SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Fraternity and sorority special license plates
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-7750(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(B) The fees collected pursuant to this section must be distributed to a separate fund for each of the respective fraternities or sororities. Each fund must be administered by the fraternity or sorority and may be used for academic scholarships, or to fund programs that send boys and girls who are at least eight years old and not more than sixteen years old to summer camp, or both. Funds collected for each fraternity or sorority must be deposited in an account designated by the fraternity or sorority. The distribution is thirty dollars to the department and forty dollars to the respective fund."
Commercial motor vehicle license plates
SECTION 2. Section 56-3-1240 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 56-3-1240. License plates issued for motor vehicles must be attached to the outside rear of the vehicle, open to view. However, on truck tractors and road tractors the plates must be attached to the outside front of the vehicle provided that single unit commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of twenty-six thousand pounds may have the license plate on either the outside front or rear of the vehicle. Every license plate, at all times, must be fastened securely in a horizontal and upright position to the vehicle for which it was issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The bottom of the plate must be at a height of not less than twelve inches from the ground in a place and position clearly visible as provided in Section 56-5-4530, and it must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a clearly legible condition. No other license plate, lighting equipment, except as permitted in Section 56-5-4530, tag, sign, monogram, tinted cover, or inscription of metal or other material may be displayed above, around, or upon the plate other than that which is authorized and issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles for the purpose of validating the plate. It is not unlawful to place a decal on the license plate if it does not obscure any letters or numbers. A motor vehicle owner may attach a trailer hitch to a motor vehicle provided the hitch does not obscure more than two inches of the license plate issued to the motor vehicle. It is unlawful to operate or drive a motor vehicle with the license plate missing and a person who is convicted for violating this section must be punished as provided by Section 56-3-2520."
Special license plate production and distribution
SECTION 3. Section 56-3-8100 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 398 of 2006, is further amended to read:
"Section 56-3-8100. (A) Before the Department of Motor Vehicles produces and distributes a special license plate created by the General Assembly after January 1, 2006, it must receive:
(1) four hundred prepaid applications for the special license plate or four thousand dollars from the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate;
(2) a plan to market the sale of the special license plate which must be approved by the department; and
(3) the emblem, a seal, or other symbol to be used for the plate and, if necessary, written authorization for the department to use a logo, trademark, or design that is copyrighted or registered. If the individual or organization seeking issuance of the plate submits four thousand dollars, the Comptroller General shall place that money into a restricted account to be used by the department to defray the initial cost of producing the special license plate.
(B) The fee for all special license plates created by the General Assembly after January 1, 2006, is the regular biennial registration fee set forth in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title plus an additional fee to be requested by the individual or organization seeking issuance of the plate. The initial fee amount requested can only be changed every five years from the first year the plate is issued. Each special license plate must be of the same size and general design of regular motor vehicle license plates. Each special license plate must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month the special license plate is issued.
(C) Of the additional fee collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the Department of Motor Vehicles to defray the expenses of producing and administering special license plates. Any of the remaining fee not placed in the restricted account must be distributed to an organization designated by the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate.
(D) If the department receives less than three hundred biennial applications and renewals for a particular special license plate, 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.
(E) If the department receives less than three hundred biennial applications and renewals for plates created pursuant to Article 12, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 14, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 31, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 39, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 40, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 43, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 45, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 49, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 50, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 60, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 70, Chapter 3, Title 56; Article 72, Chapter 3, Title 56; and Article 76, Chapter 3, Title 56, 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.
(F) The provisions contained in subsection (A)(1) and (2) do not apply to the production and distribution of the Korean War Veterans Special License Plates contained in Article 68, Chapter 3, Title 56."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 8th day of June, 2007.
Approved the 14th day of June, 2007.
This web page was last updated on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 3:38 P.M.