THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES.
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 for Polynesian
Voyaging Society authorized. (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the
director of finance shall issue to any registered owner of an electric vehicle,
who is a resident of the State, upon completed application and payment of
required fees, a special number plate that commemorates the Polynesian Voyaging
Society, for the registered owner's electric vehicle.
(b) The director of finance of the city and county
of Honolulu shall establish a special number plate design that:
(1) Contains words or
images, or both, that indicate that the special number plate is being 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) Is readily identifiable
and distinguishable under actual traffic conditions.
The director of finance of the city and county of
Honolulu shall consult with the directors of finance of the counties of Kauai,
Maui, and Hawaii, the chiefs of police of the city and county of Honolulu, and
the counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, and the board of directors of the
Polynesian Voyaging Society in establishing the special number plate design.
(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
(5) Promote any philosophy
based on prejudice or that is contrary to state civil rights laws; or
(6) Obstruct the visibility of the number plate's
numbers or letters or any other information that is required by law to be on a
(d) Each special number plate shall be securely fastened
to the electric 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 the 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 fee established
pursuant to subsection (e) and additional fundraising fee established pursuant to
subsection (f), or a portion of the revenue generated by these fees as determined
by the director of finance, shall be deposited in the name of the Polynesian Voyaging
Society into a separate county budget 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 electric vehicles that obtain the special number plate is less than one
hundred fifty within three years of issuance of the first special number plate.
(i) Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply
to any plates issued pursuant to section 249-9.2.
(j) For 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. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Special Number Plates; Polynesian Voyaging Society; Electric Vehicles
Authorizes the issuance of special number plates representing the Polynesian Voyaging Society for electric vehicles. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)
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