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HB2177 SUB
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

H. B. 2177

(By Delegates Stemple and Perry)

[Originating in the Committee on

Roads and Transportation]


(February 16, 2005)


A BILL to amend and reenact §17A-3-23 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to establishing a new license plate that designates city or municipality law-enforcement departments; specifying the design and one time fee.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17A-3-23 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. ORIGINAL AND RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION; ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF TITLE.

§17A-3-23. Registration plates to state, county, municipal and other governmental vehicles; use for undercover activities.

(a) Any motor vehicle designed to carry passengers, owned or leased by the State of West Virginia, or any of its departments, bureaus, commissions or institutions, except vehicles used by the Governor, Treasurer, three vehicles per elected office of the Board of Public Works, vehicles operated by the State Police, vehicles operated by conservation officers of the Division of Natural Resources, not to exceed ten vehicles operated by the arson investigators of the office of State Fire Marshal, not to exceed two vehicles operated by the Division of Protective Services and not to exceed sixteen vehicles operated by inspectors of the office of the Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner, may not be operated or driven by any person unless it has displayed and attached to the front thereof, in the same manner as regular motor vehicle registration plates are attached, a plate of the same size as the regular registration plate, with white lettering on a green background bearing the words "West Virginia" in one line and the words "State Car" in another line and the lettering for the words "State Car" shall be of sufficient size to be plainly readable from a distance of one hundred feet during daylight.
The vehicle shall also have attached to the rear a plate bearing a number and any other words and figures as the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall prescribe. The rear plate shall also be green with the number in white.
(b) On registration plates issued to vehicles owned by counties, the color shall be white on red with the word "County" on top of the plate and the words "West Virginia" on the bottom. On any registration plates issued to a city or municipality, the color shall be white on blue with the word "City" on top and the words "West Virginia" on the bottom. Provided, That after the thirty-first day of December, two thousand five, any registration plates issued to a city or municipality law-enforcement department, the color shall be blue lettering on a white background with the word "West Virginia" on top of the plate with a gold shield on the far left displaying the State seal with "Police" on the top of the badge and "WV" on the bottom of the badge, and a "PD" listed vertically between the badge and license plate number. The colors may not be reversed and shall be of reflectorized material. The registration plates issued to counties, municipalities and other governmental agencies authorized to receive colored plates hereunder shall be affixed to both the front and rear of the vehicles. Every municipality shall provide the Commissioner with a list of law enforcement vehicles operated by the law enforcement department of the municipality, unless otherwise provided in this section, and a fee of ten dollars for each vehicle submitted by the first day of July, two thousand five.

(c) Registration plates issued to vehicles operated by county sheriffs shall be designed by the Commissioner in cooperation with the sheriffs' association with the word "Sheriff" on top of the plate and the words "West Virginia" on the bottom. The plate shall contain a gold shield representing the sheriff's star and a number assigned to that plate by the Commissioner. Every county sheriff shall provide the Commissioner with a list of vehicles operated by the sheriff, unless otherwise provided in this section, and a fee of ten dollars for each vehicle submitted by the first day of July, two thousand two.
(d) The Commissioner is authorized to designate the colors and design of any other registration plates that are issued without charge to any other agency in accordance with the motor vehicle laws.
(e) Upon application, the Commissioner is authorized to issue a maximum of five Class A license plates per applicant to be used by county sheriffs and municipalities on law-enforcement vehicles while engaged in undercover investigations.
(f) The Commissioner is authorized to issue an unlimited number of license plates per applicant to authorized drug and violent crime task forces in the State of West Virginia when the chairperson of the control group of a drug and violent crime task force signs a written affidavit stating that the vehicle or vehicles for which the plates are being requested will be used only for official undercover work conducted by a drug and violent crime task force.
(g) The Commissioner is authorized to issue twenty Class A license plates to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Department of Tax and Revenue for use by its investigators.
(h) The Commissioner may issue a maximum of ten Class A license plates to the Division of Natural Resources for use by conservation officers. The Commissioner shall designate the color and design of the registration plates to be displayed on the front and the rear of all other state-owned vehicles owned by the Division of Natural Resources and operated by conservation officers.
(i) The Commissioner is authorized to issue an unlimited number of Class A license plates to the Commission on special investigations for state-owned vehicles used for official undercover work conducted by the Commission on Special Investigations. The Commissioner is authorized to issue a maximum of two Class A plates to the Division of Protective Services for state owned vehicles used by the Division of Protective Services in fulfilling its mission.
(j) No other registration plate may be issued for, or attached to, any state-owned vehicle.
(k) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall have a sufficient number of both front and rear plates produced to attach to all state-owned cars. The numbered registration plates for the vehicles shall start with the number "five hundred" and the Commissioner shall issue consecutive numbers for all state-owned cars.
(l) It is the duty of each office, department, bureau, commission or institution furnished any vehicle to have plates as described herein affixed thereto prior to the operation of the vehicle by any official or employee.
(m) Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars. Magistrates shall have concurrent jurisdiction with circuit and criminal courts for the enforcement of this section.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to establish a new license plate that designates city or municipality law-enforcement departments.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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