REFERENCE TITLE: empowering today's youth special plates
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
amending sections 28   2351 and 28   2403, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending title 28, chapter 7, article 12, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 28   2469; amending sections 28   6501, 28   6991 and 28   6993, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to special plates.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section  1.    Section 28-2351, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
START_STATUTE28-2351.    License plate provided; design
A.    Notwithstanding any other law, the department shall provide to every owner one license plate for each vehicle registered.   At the request of the owner and on payment of a fee in an amount prescribed by the director by rule, the department shall provide one additional license plate for a vehicle for which a special plate is requested pursuant to this chapter.
B.    The license plate shall display the number assigned to the vehicle and to the owner of the vehicle and the name of this state, which may be abbreviated.    The director shall coat the license plate with a reflective material that is consistent with the determination of the department regarding the color and design of license plates and special plates.   The director shall design the license plate and the letters and numerals on the license plate to be of sufficient size to be plainly readable during daylight from a distance of one hundred feet.   In addition to the standard license plate issued for a trailer before August 12, 2005, the director shall issue a license plate for trailers that has a design that is similar to the standard size license plate for trailers but that is the same size as the license plate for motorcycles.    The trailer owner shall notify the department which size license plate the owner wants for the trailer.
C.    Notwithstanding any other law, the department shall not contract with a nongovernmental entity to purchase or secure reflective material for the plates issued by the department unless the department has made a reasonable effort to secure qualified bids or proposals from as many individual responsible respondents as possible.
D.    The department shall determine the color and design of the license plate.    All other plates issued by the department, except the plates issued pursuant to sections 28   2404, 28   2412, 28   2413, 28   2414, 28   2416, 28   2416.01, 28   2417 through 28   2468 28   2469, 28   2472, 28   2473, 28   2474, 28   2475, 28   2476 and 28   4533 and article 14 of this chapter, shall be the same color as and similar in design to the license plate as determined by the department.
E.    A passenger motor vehicle that is rented without a driver shall receive the same type of license plate as is issued for a private passenger motor vehicle. END_STATUTE
Sec.  2.    Section 28-2403, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
START_STATUTE28-2403.    Special plates; transfers; violation; classification
A.    Except as otherwise provided in this article, the department shall issue or renew special plates in lieu of the regular license plates pursuant to the following conditions and procedures and only if the requirements prescribed by this article for the requested special plates are met:
1.    Except as provided in sections 28   2416 and 28   2416.01, a person who is the registered owner of a vehicle registered with the department or who applies for an original or renewal registration of a vehicle may submit to the department a completed application form as prescribed by the department with the fee prescribed by section 28   2402 for special plates in addition to the registration fee prescribed by section 28   2003.
2.    Except for plates issued pursuant to sections 28   2404, 28   2412, 28   2413, 28   2414, 28   2416, 28   2416.01, 28   2417 through 28   2468 28   2469, 28   2472, 28   2473, 28   2474, 28   2475 and 28   2476 and article 14 of this chapter, the special plates shall be the same color as and similar to the design of the regular license plates that is determined by the department.
3.    Except as provided in section 28   2416, the department shall issue special plates only to the owner or lessee of a vehicle that is currently registered, including any vehicle that has a declared gross weight, as defined in section 28   5431, of twenty   six thousand pounds or less.
4.    Except as provided in sections 28   2416 and 28   2416.01, the department shall charge the fee prescribed by section 28   2402 for each annual renewal of special plates in addition to the registration fee prescribed by section 28   2003.
B.    Except as provided in sections 28   2416 and 28   2416.01, on notification to the department and on payment of the transfer fee prescribed by section 28   2402, a person who is issued special plates may transfer the special plates to another vehicle the person owns or leases.   Persons who are issued special plates for hearing impaired persons pursuant to section 28   2408 and international symbol of access special plates pursuant to section 28   2409 are exempt from the transfer fee.   If a person who is issued special plates sells, trades or otherwise releases ownership of the vehicle on which the plates have been displayed, the person shall immediately report the transfer of the plates to the department or the person shall surrender the plates to the department as prescribed by the director.    It is unlawful for a person to whom the plates have been issued to knowingly permit allow them to be displayed on a vehicle except the vehicle authorized by the department.
C.    The special plates shall be affixed to the vehicle for which registration is sought in lieu of the regular license plates.
D.    A person is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor who:
1.    Violates subsection B of this section.
2.    Fraudulently gives false or fictitious information in the application for or renewal of special plates or placards issued pursuant to this article.
3.    Conceals a material fact or otherwise commits fraud in the application for or renewal of special plates or placards issued pursuant to this article. END_STATUTE
Sec.  3.    Title 28, chapter 7, article 12, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 28-2469, to read:
START_STATUTE28-2469.    Empowering today's youth special plates; fund
A.    If, by December 31, 2021, a person pays $32,000 to the department for the implementation of this section, the department shall issue empowering today's youth special plates.    The person that provides the $32,000 shall design the empowering today's youth special plates.    The design and color of the empowering today's youth special plates are subject to the approval of the department.   the director may allow a request for empowering today's youth special plates to be combined with a request for personalized special plates.    If the director allows such a combination, the request shall be in a form prescribed by the director and is subject to the fees for the personalized special plates in addition to the fees required for the empowering today's youth special plates.
B.    Of the $25 fee required by section 28   2402 for the original special plates and for renewal of special plates, $8 is a special plate administration fee and $17 is an annual donation.
C.    The department shall deposit, pursuant to sections 35   146 and 35   147, all special plate administration fees in the state highway fund established by section 28   6991 and all donations collected pursuant to this section in the empowering today's youth special plate fund established by this section.
D.    The empowering today's youth special plate fund is established consisting of monies deposited pursuant to this section.    The director shall administer the fund.    The first $32,000 in the fund shall be reimbursed to the person that paid the implementation fee to the department pursuant to subsection A of this section.   Not more than ten percent of monies deposited in the fund annually shall be used for the cost of administering the fund.    Monies in the fund are continuously appropriated.
e.    The director shall annually allocate monies from the empowering today's youth special plate fund, excluding administrative fees, to a foundation that SATISFIES all of the following requirements:
1.    Is a charitable organization that is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the United States internal revenue code for federal income tax purposes.
2.    Provides financial support for a youth development organization of the land grant university system in this state that has the following mission mandates:
(b)    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
(c)    Civic engagement.
(d)    Healthy living.
3.    Was incorporated in 1970 as a nonprofit educational organization by a group of this state's agricultural, civic and corporate leaders.
4.    Gives today's youth an extra edge for life success through hands-on, research-based educational programs and opportunities.
5.    Serves youths who are five through eighteen years of age in all fifteen counties in this state and in at least five tribal nations.
F.    On notice from the director, the state treasurer shall invest and divest monies in the fund as provided by section 35   313, and monies earned from investment shall be credited to the fund. END_STATUTE
Sec.  4.    Section 28-6501, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
START_STATUTE28-6501.    Definition of highway user revenues
In this article, unless the context otherwise requires or except as otherwise provided by statute, "highway user revenues" means all monies received in this state from licenses, taxes, penalties, interest and fees authorized by the following:
1.    Chapters 2, 7, 8 and 15 of this title, except for:
(a)    The special plate administration fees prescribed in sections 28   2404, 28   2407, 28   2412 through 28   2468 28   2469 and 28   2514.
(b)    The donations prescribed in sections 28   2404, 28   2407, 28   2412 through 28   2415, 28   2417 through 28   2468 28   2469, 28   2473, 28   2474, 28   2475 and 28   2476.
2.    Section 28   1177.
3.    Chapters 10 and 11 of this title.
4.    Chapter 16, articles 1, 2 and 4 of this title, except as provided in sections 28   5926 and 28   5927. END_STATUTE
Sec.  5.    Section 28-6991, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
START_STATUTE28-6991.    State highway fund; sources
The state highway fund is established that consists of:
1.    Monies distributed from the Arizona highway user revenue fund pursuant to chapter 18 of this title.
2.    Monies appropriated by the legislature.
3.    Monies received from donations for the construction, improvement or maintenance of state highways or bridges.    These monies shall be credited to a special account and shall be spent only for the purpose indicated by the donor.
4.    Monies received from counties or cities under cooperative agreements, including proceeds from bond issues.    The state treasurer shall deposit these monies to the credit of the fund in a special account on delivery to the treasurer of a concise written agreement between the department and the county or city stating the purposes for which the monies are surrendered by the county or city, and these monies shall be spent only as stated in the agreement.
5.    Monies received from the United States under an act of Congress to provide aid for the construction of rural post roads, but monies received on projects for which the monies necessary to be provided by this state are wholly derived from sources mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3 of this section shall be allotted by the department and deposited by the state treasurer in the special account within the fund established for each project.    On completion of the project, on the satisfaction and discharge in full of all obligations of any kind created and on request of the department, the treasurer shall transfer the unexpended balance in the special account for the project into the state highway fund, and the unexpended balance and any further federal aid thereafter received on account of the project may be spent under the general provisions of this title.
6.    Monies in the custody of an officer or agent of this state from any source that is to be used for the construction, improvement or maintenance of state highways or bridges.