Florida Senate - 2024                                     SB 244
       By Senator Hooper
       21-00404-24                                            2024244__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to specialty license plates; amending
    3         s. 320.08058, F.S.; directing the Department of
    4         Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to develop a
    5         Clearwater Marine Aquarium license plate; providing
    6         for distribution and use of fees collected from the
    7         sale of the plate; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (127) is added to section 320.08058,
   12  Florida Statutes, to read:
   13         320.08058 Specialty license plates.—
   15         (a)The department shall develop a Clearwater Marine
   16  Aquarium license plate as provided in this section and s.
   17  320.08053. The plate must bear the colors and design approved by
   18  the department. The word “Florida” must appear at the top of the
   19  plate, and the words “Clearwater Marine Aquarium” must appear at
   20  the bottom of the plate.
   21         (b)The annual use fees from the sale of the plate shall be
   22  distributed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Inc., a Florida
   23  nonprofit corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
   24  Code, which may use up to 10 percent of the fees for the
   25  administration, promotion, and marketing of the plate. The
   26  remaining fees must be used by Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Inc.,
   27  to fund its efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine
   28  life; provide environmental education; conduct research; and
   29  promote conservation strategies.
   30         Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2024.