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Rs 47:463.60 Special Prestige License Plates; "Animal Friendly" Prestige License Plate; Animal Population Control; Pet Overpopulation Fund

§463.60. Special prestige license plates; "Animal Friendly" prestige license plate; animal

population control; Pet Overpopulation Fund

A. The secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall establish

a special prestige "Animal Friendly" license plate for motor vehicles. Notwithstanding the

provisions of R.S. 47:463(A)(3), the department shall establish this prestige plate provided

there is a minimum of one hundred applicants for such plate. The license plates shall be

restricted to passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and recreational vehicles. This prestige

plate shall be issued, upon application, to any citizen of Louisiana in the same manner as any

other motor vehicle license plate.

B. The annual fee for this prestige license plate shall be a royalty fee of thirty-five

dollars to be distributed as provided in this Section and a handling fee of three dollars and

fifty cents to be retained by the department to offset a portion of administrative costs. These

charges shall be in addition to the standard motor vehicle license tax imposed by Article VII,

Section 5 of the Constitution of Louisiana.

C. The department shall collect the royalty fee for the prestige license plate and each

quarter shall distribute the royalty fee to the Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council.

D. A Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council is hereby established within the office

of the governor to establish guidelines for the expenditure of funds and to review and make

recommendations on grant applications submitted in compliance with Subsection F of this

Section. Members of the council shall serve on a voluntary basis and shall not receive any

compensation or reimbursement of expenses. The council shall meet at least twice annually,

and it shall consist of the following members:

(1) One representative of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public

safety services, appointed by the secretary of the department.

(2) One representative of the Louisiana Department of Health appointed by the

secretary of such department.

(3) The state veterinarian or his designee.

(4) One member of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker.

(5) One member of the Senate appointed by the president.

(6) One representative of the Humane Society of Louisiana appointed by the board

of such organization.

(7) One representative of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association appointed

by the board of such organization.

(8) One representative of the Southern Animal Foundation appointed by the board

of such organization.

(9) One representative of a public animal sheltering agency appointed by the board

of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

(10) One representative of a private animal sheltering agency appointed by the board

of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

E.(1) The Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council shall distribute the monies to

qualified entities as provided in this Section. The Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council may

reserve or expend up to five percent of the money received pursuant to this Section for the

promotion and marketing of the prestige license plate and for administrative costs relative

to the distribution of the monies.

(2) Any indigent pet owner on public assistance, including but not limited to the

Food Stamp Program, the Supplemental Security Income Program, the Temporary Assistance

for Needy Families Program, the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program, or

any other similar public assistance program named by the Pet Overpopulation Advisory

Council, shall qualify for low-cost services.

F. Any veterinarian licensed in this state, veterinary hospital, or organization

qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

of 1954, as amended, may apply for grants from the fund, on an application approved by the

Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council. Grants shall be distributed solely for purposes of

providing low-cost pet sterilizations by licensed veterinarians.

G. The Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council shall establish policies and procedures,

subject to oversight by the House and Senate Transportation, Highways and Public Works

Committees, to implement the provisions of this Section, including but not limited to the

collection of the monies received for the sale of these prestige license plates, the

disbursement of grants, the transfer and disposition of such plates, the colors available for

the plates, and the design criteria.

H. Repealed by Acts 2014, No. 284, §2, eff. May 28, 2014.

Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 85, §1, eff. April 18, 2002; Acts 2014, No. 284, §§1,

2, eff. May 28, 2014; Acts 2017, No. 324, §1, eff. June 22, 2017.

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Local Government
Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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