22nd Alaska State Legislature
Information from Representative Lesil McGuire



Portrait of Representative Lesil McGuire, 123.4 K. Session:
State Capitol, Room 418
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2995
Fax: (907) 465-6592


Interim:
716 W. 4th Ave., Suite 430
Anchorage, AK 99501-2133
Phone: (907) 269-0250
Fax: (907) 269-0249

Sponsor Statement for HB 438
Disabled Veterans License Plates

An Act relating to motor vehicle registration plates for disabled veterans; and providing for an effective date.
Released: May 9, 2002
Contact: Representative Lesil McGuire's office at (907) 465-5446

During the past few years the Alaska Legislature has taken special care to honor the men and women who have served, and are serving our country in the Armed Forces. Most noticeable are the Alaska vehicle licenses plates with the word Veteran and the branch of service emblem indicating their service to our freedom.

While these plates are a way to say thank you and give special recognition, we have overlooked a group of veteran's that may have given a little more than some. They are our Disabled Veteran's, and to date the only special license plate is the standard Gold and Blue physically disabled plate, with the first three letters "DAV." CS for HB 438 is written to correct this.

Proposed Design
The bill proposes that the Department of Motor Vehicles create a special license plate for these men and women who gave a part of themselves to our country. The plate, as envisioned, will be Red, White and Blue, with the Alaska and U.S. flags and the words Disabled Veteran. It will make a clear statement that the vehicle belongs to a person who served and gave, and is proud of his or her contribution.

CS for HB 438 will make the plates available to those veterans who current qualify for tax exemption status, which is a minimum level of 50 percent. There will also be two plates, one with the international wheelchair logo that allows special parking privileges. The other will not have the logo, but will still allow a disabled Veteran to show the sacrifice they made.

Passage of CS for HB 438 will show our Disabled Veteran's the same honor and respect that this body has chosen to show other Veterans of the Armed Forces.

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