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Full Text of HB3161  101st General Assembly




State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced , by Rep. Jerry Costello, II


625 ILCS 5/3-699.14

    Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow for the issuance of In God We Trust special license plate decals by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. Provides for the original and renewal fees and fee distribution for the In God We Trust decals issued by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
5Section 3-699.14 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/3-699.14)
7    Sec. 3-699.14. Universal special license plates.
8    (a) In addition to any other special license plate, the
9Secretary, upon receipt of all applicable fees and applications
10made in the form prescribed by the Secretary, may issue
11Universal special license plates to residents of Illinois on
12behalf of organizations that have been authorized by the
13General Assembly to issue decals for Universal special license
14plates. Appropriate documentation, as determined by the
15Secretary, shall accompany each application. Authorized
16organizations shall be designated by amendment to this Section.
17When applying for a Universal special license plate the
18applicant shall inform the Secretary of the name of the
19authorized organization from which the applicant will obtain a
20decal to place on the plate. The Secretary shall make a record
21of that organization and that organization shall remain
22affiliated with that plate until the plate is surrendered,
23revoked, or otherwise cancelled. The authorized organization



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1may charge a fee to offset the cost of producing and
2distributing the decal, but that fee shall be retained by the
3authorized organization and shall be separate and distinct from
4any registration fees charged by the Secretary. No decal,
5sticker, or other material may be affixed to a Universal
6special license plate other than a decal authorized by the
7General Assembly in this Section or a registration renewal
8sticker. The special plates issued under this Section shall be
9affixed only to passenger vehicles of the first division,
10including motorcycles and autocycles, or motor vehicles of the
11second division weighing not more than 8,000 pounds. Plates
12issued under this Section shall expire according to the
13multi-year procedure under Section 3-414.1 of this Code.
14    (b) The design, color, and format of the Universal special
15license plate shall be wholly within the discretion of the
16Secretary. Universal special license plates are not required to
17designate "Land of Lincoln", as prescribed in subsection (b) of
18Section 3-412 of this Code. The design shall allow for the
19application of a decal to the plate. Organizations authorized
20by the General Assembly to issue decals for Universal special
21license plates shall comply with rules adopted by the Secretary
22governing the requirements for and approval of Universal
23special license plate decals. The Secretary may, in his or her
24discretion, allow Universal special license plates to be issued
25as vanity or personalized plates in accordance with Section
263-405.1 of this Code. The Secretary of State must make a



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1version of the special registration plates authorized under
2this Section in a form appropriate for motorcycles and
4    (c) When authorizing a Universal special license plate, the
5General Assembly shall set forth whether an additional fee is
6to be charged for the plate and, if a fee is to be charged, the
7amount of the fee and how the fee is to be distributed. When
8necessary, the authorizing language shall create a special fund
9in the State treasury into which fees may be deposited for an
10authorized Universal special license plate. Additional fees
11may only be charged if the fee is to be paid over to a State
12agency or to a charitable entity that is in compliance with the
13registration and reporting requirements of the Charitable
14Trust Act and the Solicitation for Charity Act. Any charitable
15entity receiving fees for the sale of Universal special license
16plates shall annually provide the Secretary of State a letter
17of compliance issued by the Attorney General verifying that the
18entity is in compliance with the Charitable Trust Act and the
19Solicitation for Charity Act.
20    (d) Upon original issuance and for each registration
21renewal period, in addition to the appropriate registration
22fee, if applicable, the Secretary shall collect any additional
23fees, if required, for issuance of Universal special license
24plates. The fees shall be collected on behalf of the
25organization designated by the applicant when applying for the
26plate. All fees collected shall be transferred to the State



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1agency on whose behalf the fees were collected, or paid into
2the special fund designated in the law authorizing the
3organization to issue decals for Universal special license
4plates. All money in the designated fund shall be distributed
5by the Secretary subject to appropriation by the General
7    (e) The following organizations may issue decals for
8Universal special license plates with the original and renewal
9fees and fee distribution as follows:
10        (1) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
11            (A) Original issuance: $25; with $10 to the
12        Roadside Monarch Habitat Fund and $15 to the Secretary
13        of State Special License Plate Fund.
14            (B) Renewal: $25; with $23 to the Roadside Monarch
15        Habitat Fund and $2 to the Secretary of State Special
16        License Plate Fund.
17        (2) Illinois Veterans' Homes.
18            (A) Original issuance: $26, which shall be
19        deposited into the Illinois Veterans' Homes Fund.
20            (B) Renewal: $26, which shall be deposited into the
21        Illinois Veterans' Homes Fund.
22        (3) The Illinois Department of Human Services for
23    volunteerism decals.
24            (A) Original issuance: $25, which shall be
25        deposited into the Secretary of State Special License
26        Plate Fund.



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1            (B) Renewal: $25, which shall be deposited into the
2        Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund.
3        (4) The Illinois Department of Public Health.
4            (A) Original issuance: $25; with $10 to the
5        Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund and $15 to the Secretary
6        of State Special License Plate Fund.
7            (B) Renewal: $25; with $23 to the Prostate Cancer
8        Awareness Fund and $2 to the Secretary of State Special
9        License Plate Fund.
10        (5) Horsemen's Council of Illinois.
11            (A) Original issuance: $25; with $10 to the
12        Horsemen's Council of Illinois Fund and $15 to the
13        Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund.
14            (B) Renewal: $25; with $23 to the Horsemen's
15        Council of Illinois Fund and $2 to the Secretary of
16        State Special License Plate Fund.
17        (6) The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs for In
18    God We Trust decals.
19            (A) Original issuance: $20; with $5 to the Illinois
20        Veterans Assistance Fund and $15 to the Secretary of
21        State Special License Plate Fund.
22            (B) Renewal: $20; with $18 to the Illinois Veterans
23        Assistance Fund and $2 to the Secretary of State
24        Special License Plate Fund.
25    (f) The following funds are created as special funds in the
26State treasury:



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1        (1) The Roadside Monarch Habitat Fund. All moneys to be
2    paid as grants to the Illinois Department of Natural
3    Resources to fund roadside monarch and other pollinator
4    habitat development, enhancement, and restoration projects
5    in this State.
6        (2) The Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund. All moneys to
7    be paid as grants to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of
8    Chicago.
9        (3) The Horsemen's Council of Illinois Fund. All moneys
10    shall be paid as grants to the Horsemen's Council of
11    Illinois.
12(Source: P.A. 99-483, eff. 7-1-16; 99-723, eff. 8-5-16; 99-814,
13eff. 1-1-17; 100-57, eff. 1-1-18; 100-60, eff. 1-1-18; 100-78,
14eff. 1-1-18; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)