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H. B. No. 606 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|128th General Assembly|
Representatives Beck, Blessing, Bubp, Burke, Combs, Derickson, Evans, Gardner, Garrison, Grossman, Huffman, Lehner, Letson, Lundy, O'Farrell, Phillips, Reece, Uecker, Yuko, Zehringer, Adams, J.
To amend section 4503.571 of the Revised Code to
permit the surviving spouse of a recipient of the
Purple Heart who was issued or was eligible to be
issued Purple Heart license plates to retain the
Purple Heart license plates or obtain such license
plates until the death or remarriage of the
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 4503.571 of the Revised Code be
amended to read as follows:
Sec. 4503.571. (A) Any person who has been awarded the
purple heart may apply to the registrar of motor vehicles for the
registration of any passenger car, noncommercial motor vehicle,
recreational vehicle, motorcycle when the registrar determines
that producing a purple heart motorcycle license plate is
feasible, or other vehicle of a class approved by the registrar
that the person owns or leases. The application shall be
accompanied by such documentary evidence in support of the award
as the registrar may require. The application may be combined with
a request for a special reserved license plate under section
4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code.
Upon receipt of an application for registration of a motor
vehicle under this section and any
required taxes applicable fee,
and upon presentation of the required supporting evidence of the
award of the purple heart, the registrar shall issue to the
applicant the appropriate motor vehicle registration and a set of
license plates and a validation sticker, or a validation sticker
alone when required by section 4503.191 of the Revised Code.
In addition to the letters and numbers ordinarily inscribed
on the license plates, the license plates shall be inscribed with
the words "PURPLE HEART." The license plates shall bear county
identification stickers that identify the county of registration
by name or number.
The license plates and validation stickers shall be issued
without the payment of any registration fee and service fee
required by sections 4503.04, 4503.10, and 4503.102 of the Revised
Code, and without the payment of any local motor vehicle license
tax levied under Chapter 4504. of the Revised Code. The applicant
shall comply with all other applicable laws relating to the
registration of motor vehicles. If the application is combined
with a request for a special reserved license plate under section
4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code, the license plates and
validation sticker shall be issued upon payment of seventy-five
per cent of the additional fee prescribed under section 4503.40 or
4503.42 of the Revised Code, as the case may be.
No (B) The surviving spouse of a deceased person who had been
awarded the purple heart, if the surviving spouse has not
remarried and if the deceased person received or was eligible to
receive special license plates issued under division (A) of this
section, may apply to the registrar for the registration of the
spouse's personal motor vehicle without the payment of any fee or
tax as provided by division (A) of this section. If the
application is combined with a request for a special license plate
under section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code, the
surviving spouse shall be required to pay seventy-five per cent of
the additional fee prescribed under section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of
the Revised Code, as the case may be. The application for
registration shall be accompanied by documentary evidence of the
deceased person's award of the purple heart and by any other
evidence that the registrar requires by rule.
Upon receipt of an application for registration under this
division and presentation of satisfactory evidence as required by
this division and by the registrar, the registrar shall issue to
the spouse the appropriate vehicle registration and a set of
license plates as provided in division (A) of this section.
(C) No person who is not a recipient of the purple heart or
the surviving spouse of such a person who has not remarried shall
willfully and falsely represent that the person is a recipient of
a purple heart or the surviving spouse of such a person who has
not remarried for the purpose of obtaining license plates under
this section. No person shall own or lease a motor vehicle bearing
license plates under this section unless the person is eligible to
be issued those license plates.
(D) Whoever violates division (C) of this section is guilty
of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Section 2. That existing section 4503.571 of the Revised
Code is hereby repealed.