HBA-MPA H.B. 2760 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2760 By: Moreno, Joe Transportation 4/11/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Subchapter F (Specializes License Plates; Exemptions for Privately Owned Vehicles), Chapter 502, Transportation Code, permits the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue specialized license plates, some of which commemorate groups that have made special contributions to the state and nation. Persons who have served in the merchant marine of the United States have never been honored by the state of Texas in this way. The merchant marine has played an active role in the United States wars and military conflicts, and a vital part in American and Texas history. H.B. 2760 authorizes TxDOT to issue specially designed license plates honoring the merchant marine and sets forth procedures for doing so. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter F, Chapter 502, Transportation Code, by adding Section 502.2581, as follows: Sec. 502.2581. PERSONS RETIRED FROM SERVICE IN MERCHANT MARINE OF THE UNITED STATES. (a) Requires the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue specially designed license plates for passenger cars and light trucks owned by persons who served in the merchant marine of the United States and as part of the service assisted the activities of the United States during a war or other military conflict. (b) Provides that license plates issued under this section must be of a color, quality, and design approved by TxDOT. (c) Requires TxDOT to issue license plates under this section to a person who applies on a form prescribed by the department, and submits proof eligibility. (d) Authorizes a person to be issued only one set of license plates and is entitled to only one exemption from the fee under Section 502.161 (Fee: Passenger Car, Municipal Bus, Private Bus). (e) Requires an owner who disposes of a vehicle registered under this section during the registration year to return the special license plates to TxDOT. Authorizes the owner to then apply for issuance of those plates to another vehicle. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.