2127L.01I                                                                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk



To amend chapter 301, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to a special license plate.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

            Section A. Chapter 301, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 301.4037, to read as follows:

            301.4037. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, after an annual payment of an emblem-use fee to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, may receive personalized specialty license plates for any vehicle the member owns, either solely or jointly, other than an apportioned motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle licensed in excess of eighteen thousand pounds gross weight. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation hereby authorizes the use of its official emblem to be affixed on multiyear personalized specialty license plates as provided in this section. Any contribution to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation derived from this section, except reasonable administrative costs, shall be used solely for the purposes of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Any member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation may annually apply for the use of the emblem.

            2. Upon annual application and payment of a fifteen dollar emblem-use contribution to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation shall issue to the vehicle owner, without further charge, an emblem-use authorization statement, which shall be presented by the vehicle owner to the director of revenue at the time of registration. Upon presentation of the annual emblem-use authorization statement and payment of a fifteen-dollar fee in addition to the regular registration fees, and presentation of any documents which may be required by law, the director of revenue shall issue to the vehicle owner a personalized specialty license plate which shall bear the emblem of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Such license plates shall be made with fully reflective material with a common color scheme and design, shall be clearly visible at night, and shall be aesthetically attractive, and prescribed by section 301.130. In addition, upon each set of license plates shall be inscribed, in lieu of the words "SHOW-ME STATE", the words "Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation". Notwithstanding the provisions of section 301.144, no additional fee shall be charged for the personalized specialty plates issued under this section.

            3. A vehicle owner who was previously issued a plate with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's emblem authorized by this section, but who does not provide an emblem-use authorization statement at a subsequent time of registration, shall be issued a new plate which does not bear the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's emblem, as otherwise provided by law. The director of revenue shall make necessary rules and regulations for the enforcement of this section, and shall design all necessary forms required by this section.

            4. Prior to the issuance of a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation specialty plate authorized under this section, the department of revenue must be in receipt of an application, as prescribed by the director, which shall be accompanied by a list of at least two hundred potential applicants who plan to purchase the specialty plate, the proposed art design for the specialty license plate, and an application fee, not to exceed five thousand dollars, to defray the department's cost for issuing, developing, and programming the implementation of the specialty plate. Once the plate design is approved, the director of revenue shall not authorize the manufacture of the material to produce such personalized specialty license plates with the individual seal, logo, or emblem until such time as the director has received two hundred applications, the fifteen-dollar specialty plate fee per application, and emblem-use statements, if applicable, and other required documents or fees for such plates.