Florida Senate - 2010 CS for SB 1986 By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Ring 596-04351-10 20101986c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to license plates; amending ss. 3 320.08056 and 320.08058, F.S.; revising authorized 4 uses of revenue received from the sale of the Sea 5 Turtle license plate; creating the Go Green license 6 plate, the Preserving the Past license plate, and the 7 Peace license plate; establishing annual use fees for 8 the plates; providing for the distribution of use fees 9 received from the sale of the plates; providing an 10 effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraphs (rrr), (sss), and (ttt) are added to 15 subsection (4) of section 320.08056, Florida Statutes, to read: 16 320.08056 Specialty license plates.— 17 (4) The following license plate annual use fees shall be 18 collected for the appropriate specialty license plates: 19 (rrr) Go Green license plate, $25. 20 (sss) Preserving the Past license plate, $25. 21 (ttt) Peace license plate, $25. 22 Section 2. Subsection (18) of section 320.08058, Florida 23 Statutes, is amended, and subsections (70), (71), and (72) are 24 added to that section, to read: 25 320.08058 Specialty license plates.— 26 (18) SEA TURTLE LICENSE PLATES.— 27 (a) The department shall develop a Sea Turtle license plate 28 as provided in this section. The word “Florida” must appear at 29 the top of the plate, the words “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” 30 must appear at the bottom of the plate, and the image of a sea 31 turtle must appear in the center of the plate. 32 (b) The first $500,000 of annual use fees shall be 33 deposited in the Marine Resources Conservation Trust Fund in the 34 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and shall be used by 35 the Florida Marine Turtle Protection Program to conduct sea 36 turtle protection, research, and recovery programs. The next 37 $215,000 in annual use fees shall be distributed to the 38 Caribbean Conservation Corporation to fund sea turtle research 39 and education programs. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation 40 shall annually distribute assigned funds through a Sea Turtle 41 Grants Program that supports sea turtle research and education 42 activities of Florida-based nonprofit groups, education and 43 research institutions, and coastal counties in this state. The 44 Caribbean Conservation Corporation shall write and publish 45 procedures for submitting grant applications and criteria for 46 allocating available funds, and shall appoint a technical 47 advisory committee, composed of at least five members, including 48 two representatives from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation 49 Commission, to establish funding priorities and select grant 50 recipients from proposals submitted by eligible entities. Two of 51 the members shall be selected from the Fish and Wildlife 52 Conservation Commission; one member shall be selected on a 53 rotating biennial basis from a county bordering on the Atlantic 54 Coast with sea turtle nesting sites; one member shall be 55 selected on a rotating biennial basis from a county bordering on 56 the Gulf Coast with sea turtle nesting sites; one member shall 57 be the executive director of the Caribbean Conservation 58 Corporation; and two members shall be selected at large. Any 59 additional annual revenue shall be distributed as follows: 70 60 percent shall be deposited in the Marine Resources Conservation 61 Trust Fund and used by the Florida Marine Turtle Protection 62 Program for sea turtle conservation activities and 30 percent 63 shall be assigned to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation for 64 distribution through the Sea Turtle Grants Program. From the 65 funds distributed to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, an 66 amount not to exceed 10 percent of annual turtle tag revenue may 67 be used for marketing the Sea Turtle license plate and for 68 administrative costs directly associated with the grants 69 program.
A maximum of 15 percent of the funds distributed to the70 Caribbean Conservation Corporation may be expended for71 administrative costs directly associated with the grants72 program, and a maximum of 10 percent may be used to promote and73 market the Sea Turtle license plate.Funds received by the 74 Caribbean Conservation Corporation from the Sea Turtle license 75 plate or the Sea Turtle Grants Program and funds received by any 76 grant recipient of the Sea Turtle Grants Program may not be used 77 for litigation. 78 (70) GO GREEN LICENSE PLATES.— 79 (a) The department shall develop a Go Green license plate 80 as provided in this section. The plates must bear the colors and 81 design approved by the department. The word “Florida” must 82 appear at the top of the plate, and the words “Go Green” must 83 appear at the bottom of the plate. 84 (b) The annual use fees shall be distributed to the 85 Coalition for Renewable Energy Solutions, Inc., which shall 86 administer the fees as follows: 87 1. The coalition may retain all revenue from the annual use 88 fees until all startup costs for developing and establishing the 89 plate have been recovered. Thereafter, up to 10 percent of the 90 annual use fees may be used for administrative costs directly 91 associated with the operation of the coalition and promotion and 92 marketing of the plate. 93 2. Any remaining funds shall be used by the coalition to 94 fund programs and projects that publicize renewable energy 95 solutions and encourage a cleaner and safer environmental 96 future, as follows: 97 a. Up to 40 percent to fund the “Go Green Florida” Grants 98 and Awards Program, including monetary grants and recognition 99 awards to public and private persons and organizations and to 100 subsidize efforts to reduce energy consumption and raise 101 awareness of alternative energy-efficiency practices. 102 b. Up to 25 percent to fund education and outreach programs 103 that publicize renewable energy solutions for households and 104 businesses and educate home and business owners about the 105 environmental and financial benefits of innovative green 106 technologies and practices. 107 c. Up to 25 percent to fund educational programs and 108 materials that emphasize sustainable development practices, 109 including recycling, energy efficiency and consumption, and 110 other green practices. 111 (71) PRESERVING THE PAST LICENSE PLATES.— 112 (a) The department shall develop a Preserving the Past 113 license plate as provided in this section. The plate must bear 114 the colors and design approved by the department. The word 115 “Florida” must appear at the top of the plate, and the words 116 “Preserving the Past” must appear at the bottom of the plate. 117 (b) The annual use fees shall be distributed to the Toomey 118 Foundation for the Natural Sciences, Inc., which shall retain 50 119 percent of the proceeds until the startup costs to develop and 120 establish the plates have been recovered. Thereafter, the 121 proceeds shall be used as follows: 122 1. A maximum of 25 percent of the proceeds may be used to 123 fund the administrative, promotion, and marketing costs of the 124 license plate program and the foundation. 125 2. The remaining fees shall be used by the foundation to 126 acquire, manage, and preserve properties that are of scientific 127 importance to paleontologists, archeologists, or geologists for 128 the purposes of research and education, and to promote and 129 protect the unique natural sciences of this state. 130 (72) PEACE LICENSE PLATES.— 131 (a) The department shall develop a Peace license plate as 132 provided in this section. The plate must bear the colors and 133 design approved by the department. The word “Florida” must 134 appear at the top of the plate and the words “Sunshine State” 135 must appear at the bottom of the plate. 136 (b) The annual use fees shall be distributed to the Toomey 137 Foundation for the Natural Sciences, Inc., which shall retain 50 138 percent of the proceeds until the startup costs to develop and 139 establish the plates have been recovered. Thereafter, the 140 proceeds shall be used as follows: 141 1. A maximum of 25 percent of the proceeds may be used to 142 fund the administrative, promotion, and marketing costs of the 143 license plate program and the foundation. 144 2. The remaining fees shall be used by the foundation to 145 support educational, research, and scientific activities in this 146 state, including the distribution of funds to qualified entities 147 in furtherance of the stated purposes of the foundation. 148 Section 3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2010.