HBA-ALS S.B. 171 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 171 By: Carona Transportation 4/19/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, the Texas Department of Public Safety is allowed to issue special "Legion of Valor" license plates to recipients of certain medals. However, the legislation did not extend the privilege to unmarried surviving spouses. S.B. 171 extends the Legion of Valor license plate privilege to the surviving spouses of eligible veterans as long as the spouse remains unmarried. 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 Section 502.266, Transportation Code, to entitle the surviving spouse of a person who would be eligible for license plates under Section 502.2555 (Air Force Cross or Distinguished Service Cross, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Medal of Honor Recipients) to register one motor vehicle under that section as long as the spouse remains unmarried. Provides that an applicant for registration under this section must submit proof of the deceased spouse's eligibility in order to register under Section 502.2555. Redesignates existing Subsections (c)-(g) to Subsections (d)-(h). SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3.Emergency clause.