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HF 2597

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 04/24/2017 06:36pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; establishing a special license plate for veterans who
served as multinational peacekeepers in Beirut, Lebanon; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2016, section 168.123, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 168.123, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Design.

The commissioner of veterans affairs shall design the emblem for the
veterans' special plates, subject to the approval of the commissioner, that satisfy the following
requirements:

(a) For a Vietnam veteran who served after July 1, 1961, and before July 1, 1978, in the
active military service in a branch of the armed forces of the United States or a nation or
society allied with the United States the special plates must bear the inscription "VIETNAM
VET."

(b) For a veteran stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, or offshore, during the attack
on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the special plates must bear the inscription "PEARL
HARBOR SURVIVOR."

(c) For a veteran who served during World War II, the plates must bear the inscription
"WORLD WAR VET."

(d) For a veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, the special plates must bear
the inscription "KOREAN VET."

(e) For a combat wounded veteran who is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal, the
plates must bear the inscription "COMBAT WOUNDED VET" and have a facsimile or an
emblem of the official Purple Heart medal.

A member of the United States armed forces who is serving actively in the military and
who is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal is also eligible for this license plate. The
commissioner of public safety shall ensure that information regarding the required proof of
eligibility for any applicant under this paragraph who has not yet been issued military
discharge papers is distributed to the public officials responsible for administering this
section.

(f) For a Persian Gulf War veteran, the plates must bear the inscription "GULF WAR
VET." For the purposes of this section, "Persian Gulf War veteran" means a person who
served on active duty after August 1, 1990, in a branch of the armed forces of the United
States or a nation or society allied with the United States or the United Nations during
Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, or other military operation in the Persian
Gulf area combat zone as designated in United States Presidential Executive Order No.
12744, dated January 21, 1991.

(g) For a veteran who served in the Laos War after July 1, 1961, and before July 1, 1978,
the special plates must bear the inscription "LAOS WAR VET."

(h) For a veteran who is the recipient of:

(1) the Iraq Campaign Medal, the special plates must be inscribed with a facsimile of
that medal and must bear the inscription "IRAQ WAR VET" directly below the special
plate number;

(2) the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the special plates must be inscribed with a facsimile
of that medal and must bear the inscription "AFGHAN WAR VET" directly below the
special plate number;

(3) the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the special plates must be
inscribed with a facsimile of that medal and must bear the inscription "GWOT VETERAN"
directly below the special plate number; or

(4) the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the special plates must bear an appropriate
inscription that includes a facsimile of that medal.

(i) For a veteran who is the recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
the special plates must be inscribed with a facsimile of that medal and must bear the
inscription "GWOT VETERAN" directly below the special plate number. In addition, any
member of the National Guard or other military reserves who has been ordered to federally
funded state active service under United States Code, title 32, as defined in section 190.05,
subdivision 5b
, and who is the recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, is
eligible for the license plate described in this paragraph, irrespective of whether that person
qualifies as a veteran under section 197.447.

(j) For a veteran who is the recipient of the Korean Defense Service Medal, the special
plates must be inscribed with a facsimile of that medal and must bear the inscription
"KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE" directly below the special plate number.

(k) For a veteran who is a recipient of the Bronze Star medal, the plates must bear the
inscription "BRONZE STAR VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of the official Bronze
Star medal.

(l) For a veteran who is a recipient of the Silver Star medal, the plates must bear the
inscription "SILVER STAR VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of the official Silver
Star medal.

(m) For a woman veteran, the plates must bear the inscription "WOMAN VETERAN"
and have a facsimile or an emblem as designated by the commissioners of veterans affairs
and public safety.

new text begin (n) For a veteran who served as a multinational peacekeeper in Beirut, Lebanon, between
August 1, 1982, and July 31, 1984, the plates must bear the inscription "MULTINATIONAL
PEACEKEEPERS BEIRUT, LEBANON."
new text end