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HF 2366

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/20/2012 01:08pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; motor vehicles; adding service branch designs to
special veterans' plates; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 168.123,
subdivision 2; Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 168.123, subdivision
1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 168.123, subdivision 1,
is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General requirements; fees.

(a) On payment of a fee of $10 for
each set of two plates, or for a single plate in the case of a motorcycle plate, payment of
the registration tax required by law, and compliance with other applicable laws relating to
vehicle registration and licensing, as applicable, the commissioner shall issue:

(1) special veteran's plates to annew text begin eligiblenew text end applicant who deleted text beginserved in the active military
service in a branch of the armed forces of the United States or of a nation or society allied
with the United States in conducting a foreign war, was discharged under honorable
conditions, and
deleted text end is a registered owner of a passenger automobile deleted text beginas defined in section
168.002, subdivision 24
deleted text end, recreational motor vehicle deleted text beginas defined in section 168.002,
subdivision 27
deleted text end, or one-ton pickup truck deleted text beginas defined in section 168.002, subdivision 21bdeleted text end, but
which is not a commercial motor vehicle as defined in section 169.011, subdivision 16; or

(2) a veteran's special motorcycle plate deleted text beginas described in subdivision 2, paragraph (a),
(f), (h), (i), or (j),
deleted text end or another special plate designed by the commissionernew text begin,new text end to annew text begin eligiblenew text end
applicant who is a registered owner of a motorcycle deleted text beginas defined in section 168.002,
subdivision 19
, and meets the criteria listed in this paragraph and in subdivision 2,
paragraph (a), (f), (h), (i), or (j)
deleted text end.

new text begin (b) Special motorcyclenew text end plates issued under deleted text beginthisdeleted text endnew text begin paragraph (a),new text end clausenew text begin (2),new text end must be the
same size as regular motorcycle platesdeleted text begin. Special motorcycle license plates issued under this
clause
deleted text endnew text begin, andnew text end are not subject to section 168.1293.

new text begin (c) A special motorcycle plate is not available for the plate design specified in
subdivision 2, paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), (g), (k), or (l).
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end The additional fee of $10 is payable for each set of veteran's plates, is payable
only when the plates are issued, and is not payable in a year in whichnew text begin validationnew text end stickers
are issued instead of plates.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end The veteran must have a certified copy of the veteran's discharge papers,
indicating character of discharge, at the time of application. If an applicant served in the
active military service in a branch of the armed forces of a nation or society allied with the
United States in conducting a foreign war and is unable to obtain a record of that service
and discharge status, the commissioner of veterans affairs may certify the applicant as
qualified for the veterans' plates provided under this section.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end For license plates issued for one-ton trucks described in paragraph (a), clause
(1), the commissioner shall collect a surcharge of $5 on each $10 fee collected under
paragraph (a). The surcharge must be deposited in the vehicle services operating account
in the special revenue fund.

new text begin (g) For purposes of this subdivision, "eligible applicant" means an applicant for a
special plate under this section who:
new text end

new text begin (1) served in the active military service in a branch of the armed forces of the United
States or of a nation or society allied with the United States in conducting a foreign war;
new text end

new text begin (2) unless otherwise specified, was discharged under honorable conditions; and
new text end

new text begin (3) meets the eligibility requirements for the specific plate design requested, as
specified under subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2013.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 168.123, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Designnew text begin and plate eligibilitynew text end.

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" and the letters "V" and "V" with the first letter directly above the
second letter and both letters just preceding the first numeral of the special plate number.

(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" and the letters "P" and "H" with the first letter directly
above the second letter and both letters just preceding the first numeral of the special
plate number.

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

(1) for a World War I veteran, the characters "W" and "I" with the first character
directly above the second character and both characters just preceding the first numeral
of the special plate number; or

(2) for a World War II veteran, the characters "W" and "II" with the first character
directly above the second character and both characters just preceding the first numeral of
the special plate number.

(d) For a veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, the special plates must
bear the inscription "KOREAN VET" and the letters "K" and "V" with the first letter
directly above the second letter and both letters just preceding the first numeral of the
special plate number.

(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 and the letters "C" over "W" with the first letter
directly over the second letter just preceding the first numeral of the special plate number.

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" and the letters "G" and "W" with the first letter directly above the second
letter and both letters just preceding the first numeral of the special plate number. 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" and the letters "L"
and "V" with the first letter directly above the second letter and both letters just preceding
the first numeral of the special plate number.

(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.

new text begin (m) For a veteran who served:
new text end

new text begin (1) in the Army service branch, the plates must bear the inscription "U.S. ARMY
VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of that branch;
new text end

new text begin (2) in the Marine Corps service branch, the plates must bear the inscription "U.S.
MARINE VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of that branch;
new text end

new text begin (3) in the Navy service branch, the plates must bear the inscription "U.S. NAVY
VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of that branch;
new text end

new text begin (4) in the Air Force service branch, the plates must bear the inscription "U.S. AIR
FORCE VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of that branch; and
new text end

new text begin (5) in the Coast Guard service branch, the plates must bear the inscription "U.S.
COAST GUARD VET" and have a facsimile or an emblem of that branch.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2013.
new text end