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TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-8600, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF DUCKS UNLIMITED SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS LICENSE PLATE MAY BE ISSUED TO ANY OWNER OF CERTAIN PRIVATE PASSENGER CARRYING MOTOR VEHICLES, AND TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR THE ISSUANCE ON THE LICENSE PLATE THAT MUST BE DEPOSITED IN AN ACCOUNT DESIGNATED BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DUCKS UNLIMITED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-8600 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 104 of 2001, is amended to read:
"Section 56-3-8600. (A) The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue special motor vehicle license plates to
members of Ducks Unlimited for owners of private passenger carrying motor vehicles or light pickup trucks having an empty weight of seven thousand pounds or less and a gross weight of nine thousand pounds or less registered in their names. The fee for this special license plate must be the regular motor vehicle license fee contained in Article 5, Chapter 3 of this title that must be deposited in the state general fund, an additional special fee of forty dollars which must be deposited by the Comptroller General into an account designated by the Committee of the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited, and the special fee required by Section 56-3-2020 that must be deposited with the department. From the fees collected, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the department to defray the expenses of producing this license plate. The license plates issued pursuant to this section must conform to a design agreed to by the department and the chief executive officer of the organization.
(B) Before the Department of Motor Vehicles produces and distributes a special license plate pursuant to this section, it must receive:
(1) four hundred prepaid applications for the special license plate or a deposit of four thousand dollars from the individual or organization seeking issuance of the license plate. If a deposit of four thousand dollars is made by an individual or organization pursuant to this section, the department must refund the four thousand dollars once an equivalent amount of license plate fees is collected for that organization's license plate. If the equivalent amount is not collected within four years of the first issuance of the license plate, then the department must retain the deposit; and
(2) a plan to market the sale of the special license plate which must be approved by the department.
(C) If the department receives less than three hundred biennial applications and renewals for a particular special license plate, it shall not produce additional special license plates in that series. The department shall continue to issue special license plates of that series until the existing inventory is exhausted."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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