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       Florida Senate - 2010                              CS for SB 736
       
       
       
       By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Garcia
       
       
       
       
       596-04344-10                                           2010736c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to specialty license plates; amending
    3         ss. 320.08056 and 320.08058, F.S.; creating a Catch
    4         Me, Release Me license plate, a Florida Horse Park
    5         license plate, and a Florida Biodiversity Foundation
    6         license plate; establishing annual use fees for the
    7         plates; providing for the distribution of use fees
    8         received from the sale of such plates; revising the
    9         portion of use fees collected from the sale of the
   10         Florida Salutes Veterans license plate which is
   11         distributed to a direct-support organization; revising
   12         the time during which such distribution shall be made;
   13         providing an effective date.
   14  
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16  
   17         Section 1. Paragraphs (rrr), (sss), and (ttt) are added to
   18  subsection (4) of section 320.08056, Florida Statutes, to read:
   19         320.08056 Specialty license plates.—
   20         (4) The following license plate annual use fees shall be
   21  collected for the appropriate specialty license plates:
   22         (rrr) Catch Me, Release Me license plate, $25.
   23         (sss) Florida Horse Park license plate, $25.
   24         (ttt) Florida Biodiversity Foundation license plate, $25.
   25         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section
   26  320.08058, Florida Statutes, is amended, and subsections (70),
   27  (71), and (72) are added to that section, to read:
   28         320.08058 Specialty license plates.—
   29         (4) FLORIDA SALUTES VETERANS LICENSE PLATES.—
   30         (b) The Florida Salutes Veterans license plate annual use
   31  fee shall be distributed as follows:
   32         1. Ten Twenty percent shall be distributed to a direct
   33  support organization created under s. 292.055 for a period not
   34  to exceed 48 24 months after the date the direct-support
   35  organization is incorporated.
   36         2. Any remaining fees must be deposited in the State Homes
   37  for Veterans Trust Fund, which is created in the State Treasury.
   38  All such moneys are to be administered by the Department of
   39  Veterans’ Affairs and must be used solely for the purpose of
   40  constructing, operating, and maintaining domiciliary and nursing
   41  homes for veterans and for continuing promotion and marketing of
   42  the license plate, subject to the requirements of chapter 216.
   43         (70) CATCH ME, RELEASE ME LICENSE PLATES.—
   44         (a) The department shall develop a Catch Me, Release Me
   45  license plate as provided in this section. Catch Me, Release Me
   46  license plates must bear the colors and design approved by the
   47  department. The word “Florida” must appear at the top of the
   48  plate, and the words “Catch Me, Release Me” must appear at the
   49  bottom of the plate.
   50         (b) The license plate annual use fees shall be distributed
   51  to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Inc., to fund marine-related
   52  scientific research, including research of free-ranging pelagic
   53  marine species that inhabit, use, or migrate through Florida
   54  waters; conservation initiatives; and education and public
   55  outreach programs targeting school-aged children in the state.
   56  The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Inc., may retain all revenue up
   57  to $60,000 from the annual use fees until all startup costs for
   58  developing and establishing the plate have been recovered.
   59  Thereafter, up to 10 percent of the annual use fee revenue may
   60  be used for administrative costs directly associated with the
   61  operations of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Inc., and
   62  promotion and marketing of the specialty license plate.
   63         (71) FLORIDA HORSE PARK LICENSE PLATES.—
   64         (a) The department shall develop a Florida Horse Park
   65  license plate as provided in this section. The plate must bear
   66  the colors and design approved by the department. The word
   67  “Florida” must appear at the top of the plate, and the words
   68  “Discover Florida’s Horses” must appear at the bottom of the
   69  plate.
   70         (b) The annual use fees shall be distributed to the Florida
   71  Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority created by s.
   72  570.952, which shall retain all proceeds until all startup costs
   73  for developing and establishing the plate have been recovered.
   74  Thereafter, the proceeds shall be used as follows:
   75         1. A maximum of 5 percent of the proceeds from the annual
   76  use fees may be used for the administration of the Florida Horse
   77  Park license plate program.
   78         2. A maximum of 5 percent of the proceeds may be used to
   79  promote and market the license plate.
   80         3. The remaining proceeds shall be used by the authority to
   81  promote the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park located in
   82  Marion County; to support continued development of the park,
   83  including the construction of additional educational facilities,
   84  barns, and other structures; to provide improvements to the
   85  existing infrastructure at the park; and to provide for
   86  operational expenses of the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse
   87  Park.
   88         (72) FLORIDA BIODIVERSITY FOUNDATION LICENSE PLATES.—
   89         (a) The department shall develop a Florida Biodiversity
   90  Foundation license plate as provided in this section. The plate
   91  must bear the colors and design approved by the department. The
   92  word “Florida” must appear at the top of the plate, and the
   93  words “Save Wild Florida” must appear at the bottom of the
   94  plate.
   95         (b) The annual use fees shall be distributed to the Florida
   96  Biodiversity Foundation, Inc., which shall retain 50 percent of
   97  the proceeds until the startup costs to develop and establish
   98  the plates have been recovered. Thereafter, the proceeds shall
   99  be used as follows:
  100         1. A maximum of 10 percent of the proceeds may be used to
  101  fund the administrative, promotion, and marketing costs of the
  102  license plate program and the foundation.
  103         2. The remaining fees shall be used by the foundation to
  104  fund research, education, and scientific study of the diversity
  105  of animals and plants and to aid in the preservation, study,
  106  conservation, and recovery of imperiled organisms.
  107         Section 3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2010.

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