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A309, R368, H4758
Sponsors: Reps. Richardson, Simrill, Altman, Bales, Battle, Emory, Kirsh, Lee, Littlejohn, McCraw, McGee, Owens, Scarborough, Vaughn and Young
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Introduced in the House on February 12, 2004
Introduced in the Senate on April 28, 2004
Last Amended on April 27, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on June 1, 2004
Governor's Action: September 17, 2004, Signed
Summary: Carolina Panthers special license plates
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/12/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-26 2/12/2004 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-26 4/22/2004 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works HJ-19 4/27/2004 House Amended HJ-78 4/27/2004 House Read second time HJ-79 4/28/2004 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-11 4/28/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-18 4/28/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation SJ-18 5/25/2004 Senate Polled out of committee Transportation 5/25/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable Transportation 5/27/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-210 5/27/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-210 6/1/2004 Senate Read third time and enrolled SJ-19 6/2/2004 Ratified R 368 9/17/2004 Signed By Governor 9/21/2004 Copies available 9/21/2004 Effective date 09/17/04 9/21/2004 Act No. 309
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(A309, R368, H4758)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 42 TO CHAPTER 3, TITLE 56 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CAROLINA PANTHERS SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Carolina Panthers special license plates
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 56-3-4200. (A) The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue 'Carolina Panthers' special motor vehicle license plates to owners of private passenger-carrying motor vehicles or light pickup trucks having an empty weight of seven thousand pounds or less and a gross weight of nine thousand pounds or less registered in their names which may have imprinted on the plates an emblem, seal, or symbol of the National Football League's Carolina Panthers. The National Football League's Carolina Panthers shall submit to the department for its approval the emblem, seal, or symbol it desires to be used for the plates. The National Football League's Carolina Panthers shall submit to the department written authorization for the use of any copyrighted or registered logos, trademarks, or designs. The National Football League may request a change in the emblem, seal, or symbol not more than once every five years. The plates must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period which expires twenty-four months from the month they are issued. The fee for the plate is the regular motor vehicle registration fee contained in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title and a special motor vehicle license fee of seventy dollars.
(B) The department also may provide, upon request, special 'Carolina Panthers' collector license plates which must not be displayed on a vehicle registered or required to be registered in this State. A person displaying the collector license plates on a vehicle registered or required to be registered in this State is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than one hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days. The collector license plates must be the same size and general design of the 'Carolina Panthers' special motor vehicle license plates. The fee for issuance of the collector license plates is twenty-five dollars. The words 'collector license plate' must be imprinted on the collector license plates.
(C) Notwithstanding another provision of law, from the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the department to defray the expenses of the department in producing and administering the plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be distributed to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and used by the State Park Service for recreational enhancements and improvements.
(D) Before the department produces and distributes a plate authorized under this section, it must receive:
(1) four hundred prepaid applications for the plate or a deposit of four thousand dollars from the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate. If a deposit of four thousand dollars is made by an individual or organization pursuant to this section, the department shall refund the four thousand dollars once an equivalent amount of fees is collected for the plate. If the equivalent amount is not collected within four years of the first issuance of the plate, then the department shall retain the deposit; and
(2) a plan to market the sale of the plate which must be approved by the department.
(E) If the department receives less than three hundred biennial applications and renewals for the plate, it may not produce additional plates in that series. The department shall continue to issue plates of that series until the existing inventory is exhausted."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2004.
Approved the 17th day of September, 2004.
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