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TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-9600, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE "NO MORE HOMELESS PETS" SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO DELETE THE TERM "STATE VETERINARIAN" AND REPLACE IT WITH THE TERM "SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-9600(B) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 266 of 2002, is amended to read:
"(B) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the fees collected pursuant to this section, the Comptroller General shall place sufficient funds into a special restricted account to be used by the Department of Motor Vehicles to defray the expenses of the Department of Motor Vehicles in producing and administering the special license plates. The remaining funds collected from the special motor vehicle license fee must be deposited in a special account, separate and apart from the general fund, designated for use by the
State Veterinarian South Carolina Department of Agriculture to support local animal spaying and neutering programs. The State Veterinarian South Carolina Department of Agriculture may use up to ten percent of the fees deposited in the special account for the administration of the program. Local private nonprofit tax exempt organizations offering animal spaying and neutering programs may apply for grants from this fund to further their tax exempt purposes. Grants must be awarded not more than once a year, and an applicant must receive as a grant an amount of the total revenues in the fund multiplied by the percentage that the applicant's caseload in the preceding calendar year was of the total caseload of all applicants in that year."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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