HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 249, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§249- Special number plates; Polynesian Voyaging
Society authorized. (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the
director of finance shall issue to any registered owner of a motor vehicle, who
is a resident of the State, upon completed application and payment of the required
fees, a special number plate for the registered owner's motor vehicle
commemorating the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
(b) The director of finance of the city and
county of Honolulu, in consultation with the directors of finance of the
counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii; chiefs of police of the city and county of
Honolulu and the counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii; and board of directors of
the Polynesian Voyaging Society, shall establish a special number plate design
(1) Contains words,
images, or both, that indicate the special number plate is issued to recognize
the Polynesian Voyaging Society;
(2) Is similar in
shape and size to the uniform state number plate prescribed by law; and
(3) Does not
obstruct the visibility of the numbers or letters or any other information that
is required by law to be on a number plate and is readily identifiable and distinguishable
under actual traffic conditions.
(c) The special number plate design shall not:
(1) Infringe or
otherwise violate any trademark, trade name, service mark, copyright, or other
proprietary or property right;
(2) Represent any
obscene or degrading image, idea, word, or phrase;
(3) Advertise or
endorse a product, brand, or service that is provided for sale;
(4) Promote any
religious belief; or
(5) Promote any
philosophy based on prejudice or that is contrary to state civil rights laws.
(d) Each special number plate shall be securely
fastened to the motor vehicle in lieu of the uniform state number plate.
(e) The director of finance shall charge a
special number plate fee at least equal to the county's cost of providing the
special number plate and administrative costs, if any, plus a fundraising fee
to be determined by the director of finance in consultation with the board of
directors of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
The fundraising fee shall be in addition to any other state or county fees
collected for a motor vehicle registration or license plate.
(f) The director of finance may charge an
additional fundraising fee of the same or a different amount as the fundraising
fee established pursuant to subsection (e), for the renewal of a special number
plate. If an additional fundraising fee
is implemented pursuant to this subsection, the director of finance shall
revoke the special number plate of any registered owner of a motor vehicle who
fails to pay the additional fundraising fee imposed by this subsection.
(g) The revenue generated by the fundraising
fees, or a portion of the revenue generated by the fundraising fees as
determined by the director of finance, shall be deposited in the name of the
Polynesian Voyaging Society in a separate account. The director of finance shall determine the
most efficient means of directing the revenue generated by the fundraising fees
to the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
(h) The director of finance may revoke all
special number plates issued pursuant to this section if the total number of
registered owners of motor vehicles that obtain the special number plates is
less than one hundred fifty within three years of issuance of the first special
(i) Nothing in this section shall be construed as
to apply to any plates issued pursuant to sections 249-9.2 or 249-9.5.
(j) For the purposes of this section, unless a different meaning appears from the context, "special number plate" means a license plate that represents the Polynesian Voyaging Society."
SECTION 2. Section 249-9.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (i) to read as follows:
"(i) Nothing in this section shall be construed to
apply to any plates issued pursuant to [
section] sections 249-9.2[ .]
and section 249- ."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2065.
Special Number License Plates; Polynesian Voyaging Society; Motor Vehicles
Authorizes the issuance of special number motor vehicle license plates to commemorate the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Effective 7/1/2065. (HD1)
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