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HF 1572

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/04/2021 05:00pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/25/2021 ,  1 occurence of "tax"

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to motor vehicles; establishing "Choose Life" special license plates;
appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
168.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [168.1258] SPECIAL "CHOOSE LIFE" PLATES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Issuance of plates. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall issue "Choose Life" special
license plates or a single motorcycle plate to an applicant who:
new text end

new text begin (1) is a registered owner of a passenger automobile, noncommercial one-ton pickup
truck, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle;
new text end

new text begin (2) pays special plate fees under section 168.12, subdivision 5, for each set of plates,
along with any other fees required by this chapter;
new text end

new text begin (3) pays the registration tax as required under section 168.013;
new text end

new text begin (4) contributes $25 upon initial application and a minimum of $25 annually to the choose
life account; and
new text end

new text begin (5) complies with this chapter and rules governing registration of motor vehicles and
licensing of drivers.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Design. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must adopt a suitable plate design that includes an
image of the "Choose Life" kids logo in the design area on the left side of the plate and the
inscription "Choose Life" on the bottom of the plate.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Plates transfer. new text end

new text begin On application to the commissioner and payment of a transfer
fee of $5, special plates may be transferred to another qualified motor vehicle that is
registered to the same individual to whom the special plates were originally issued.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Exemption. new text end

new text begin Special plates issued under this section are not subject to section
168.1293, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Contributions; account; appropriation. new text end

new text begin Contributions collected under
subdivision 1, clause (4), must be deposited in the choose life account, which is established
in the special revenue fund. Money in the account is appropriated to the commissioner of
public safety. This appropriation is first for the annual cost of administering the account
funds, and the remaining funds are for distribution to Choose Life Minnesota, Inc., to be
distributed to agencies as required under subdivision 6. The commissioner must include
with its distribution to Choose Life Minnesota, Inc., a report specifying the ratio of
contributions collected under subdivision 1, clause (4), in each county to the total
contributions collected in the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Contribution recipient requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) Using the county contribution report
from the commissioner in subdivision 5, Choose Life Minnesota, Inc., shall distribute each
county's share of collected contributions to nongovernmental, nonprofit agencies within
each county that assist pregnant women who are making an adoption plan for their children.
Funds may not be distributed to any agency that is involved or associated with abortion
activities, including counseling for or referrals to abortion clinics, providing medical
abortion-related procedures, or pro-abortion advertising. Funds may not be distributed to
any agency that charges women for services received.
new text end

new text begin (b) Agencies that receive funds under this subdivision must use the funds to provide for
the material needs of pregnant women who are making an adoption plan for their children,
including but not limited to clothing, housing, medical care, food, utilities, and transportation.
Funds may be expended to support birth mothers for 60 days after delivery and infants
awaiting placement with adoptive parents and any adoption-related counseling, training, or
advertising.
new text end

new text begin (c) Funds distributed under this section must not be used for administrative expenses,
legal expenses, or capital expenditures except that Choose Life Minnesota, Inc., may use
up to 15 percent of funds for administration and promotion of the "Choose Life" special
license plate program.
new text end

new text begin (d) If no qualified agency applies to receive funds in a county in any year, that county's
share of contributions collected under subdivision 1, clause (4), shall be distributed
proportionally to any qualified agencies that apply to receive funds and that maintain a place
of business within a 100-mile radius of the county seat of such county. If no qualified
agencies apply, the funds shall be held by Choose Life Minnesota, Inc., until a qualified
agency under this subdivision applies for the funds.
new text end

new text begin (e) Each agency that receives funds under this subdivision must submit an annual
attestation to Choose Life Minnesota, Inc. Any unused funds that exceed ten percent of the
funds received by an agency each year must be returned to Choose Life Minnesota, Inc.,
which shall distribute the funds to other qualified agencies within the state of Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2022, for special plates issued
on or after that date.
new text end