Florida Senate - 2012 SB 528 By Senator Bennett 21-00584-12 2012528__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to special license plates; amending s. 3 320.089, F.S.; providing for the issuance of a Combat 4 Infantry Badge license plate; providing qualifications 5 and requirements for the plate; providing for the use 6 of proceeds from the sale of the plate; providing an 7 effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 320.089, Florida Statutes, is amended to 12 read: 13 320.089 Members of National Guard and active United States 14 Armed Forces reservists; former prisoners of war; survivors of 15 Pearl Harbor; Purple Heart medal recipients; Operation Iraqi 16 Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans; Combat Infantry 17 Badge recipients; special license plates; fee.— 18 (1)(a) Each owner or lessee of an automobile or truck for 19 private use or recreational vehicle as specified in s. 20 320.08(9)(c) or (d), which is not used for hire or commercial 21 use, who is a resident of the state and an active or retired 22 member of the Florida National Guard, a survivor of the attack 23 on Pearl Harbor, a recipient of the Purple Heart medal,
oran 24 active or retired member of any branch of the United States 25 Armed Forces Reserve, or a recipient of the Combat Infantry 26 Badge shall, upon application to the department, accompanied by 27 proof of active membership or retired status in the Florida 28 National Guard, proof of membership in the Pearl Harbor 29 Survivors Association or proof of active military duty in Pearl 30 Harbor on December 7, 1941, proof of being a Purple Heart medal 31 recipient, orproof of active or retired membership in any 32 branch of the Armed Forces Reserve, or proof of membership in 33 the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, Inc., or other proof of 34 being a recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, and upon payment 35 of the license tax for the vehicle as provided in s. 320.08, be 36 issued a license plate as provided by s. 320.06, upon which, in 37 lieu of the serial numbers prescribed by s. 320.06, shall be 38 stamped the words “National Guard,” “Pearl Harbor Survivor,” 39 “Combat-wounded veteran,” or“U.S. Reserve,” or “Combat Infantry 40 Badge,” as appropriate, followed by the serial number of the 41 license plate. Additionally, the Purple Heart plate may have the 42 words “Purple Heart” stamped on the plate and the likeness of 43 the Purple Heart medal appearing on the plate. 44 (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the 45 contrary, beginning with fiscal year 2002-2003 and annually 46 thereafter, the first $100,000 in general revenue generated from 47 the sale of license plates issued under this section shall be 48 deposited into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund, as described 49 in s. 296.38(2), to be used for the purposes established by law 50 for that trust fund. Any additional general revenue generated 51 from the sale of such plates shall be deposited into the State 52 Homes for Veterans Trust Fund and used solely to construct, 53 operate, and maintain domiciliary and nursing homes for 54 veterans, subject to the requirements of chapter 216. 55 (c) Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, 56 an applicant for a Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate or a 57 Purple Heart license plate who also qualifies for a disabled 58 veteran’s license plate under s. 320.084 shall be issued the 59 appropriate special license plate without payment of the license 60 tax imposed by s. 320.08. 61 (2) Each owner or lessee of an automobile or truck for 62 private use, truck weighing not more than 7,999 pounds, or 63 recreational vehicle as specified in s. 320.08(9)(c) or (d), 64 which is not used for hire or commercial use, who is a resident 65 of the state and who is a former prisoner of war, or their 66 unremarried surviving spouse, shall, upon application therefor 67 to the department, be issued a license plate as provided in s. 68 320.06, on which license plate are stamped the words “Ex-POW” 69 followed by the serial number. Each application shall be 70 accompanied by proof that the applicant meets the qualifications 71 specified in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b). 72 (a) A citizen of the United States who served as a member 73 of the Armed Forces of the United States or the armed forces of 74 a nation allied with the United States who was held as a 75 prisoner of war at such time as the Armed Forces of the United 76 States were engaged in combat, or their unremarried surviving 77 spouse, may be issued the special license plate provided for in 78 this subsection without payment of the license tax imposed by s. 79 320.08. 80 (b) A person who was serving as a civilian with the consent 81 of the United States Government, or a person who was a member of 82 the Armed Forces of the United States who was not a United 83 States citizen and was held as a prisoner of war when the Armed 84 Forces of the United States were engaged in combat, or their 85 unremarried surviving spouse, may be issued the special license 86 plate provided for in this subsection upon payment of the 87 license tax imposed by s. 320.08. 88 (3) Each owner or lessee of an automobile or truck for 89 private use, truck weighing not more than 7,999 pounds, or 90 recreational vehicle as specified in s. 320.08(9)(c) or (d), 91 which is not used for hire or commercial use, who is a resident 92 of this state and who is the unremarried surviving spouse of a 93 recipient of the Purple Heart medal shall, upon application 94 therefor to the department, with the payment of the required 95 fees, be issued a license plate as provided in s. 320.06, on 96 which license plate are stamped the words “Purple Heart” and the 97 likeness of the Purple Heart medal followed by the serial 98 number. Each application shall be accompanied by proof that the 99 applicant is the unremarried surviving spouse of a recipient of 100 the Purple Heart medal. 101 (4) The owner or lessee of an automobile or truck for 102 private use, a truck weighing not more than 7,999 pounds, or a 103 recreational vehicle as specified in s. 320.08(9)(c) or (d) 104 which automobile, truck, or recreational vehicle is not used for 105 hire or commercial use who is a resident of the state and a 106 current or former member of the United States military who was 107 deployed and served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in 108 Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom shall, upon 109 application to the department, accompanied by proof of active 110 membership or former active duty status during one of these 111 operations, and upon payment of the license tax for the vehicle 112 as provided in s. 320.08, be issued a license plate as provided 113 by s. 320.06 upon which, in lieu of the registration license 114 number prescribed by s. 320.06, shall be stamped the words 115 “Operation Iraqi Freedom” or “Operation Enduring Freedom,” as 116 appropriate, followed by the registration license number of the 117 plate. 118 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2012.