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2011 House Bill 4359: Revise military license plate details

Public Act 74 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Rep. Matt Huuki (R) on March 1, 2011, to revise a law authorizing license plates with a vignette of each military service branch for service members and veterans, by adding the services insignia to the vignette, and also making motorcycle plates available.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on March 1, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on April 27, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 18, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Matt Huuki (R) on May 18, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that just has the provision making the plates available for motorcycles. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2011.
  2. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 19, 2011, to revise a law authorizing license plates with a vignette of each military service branch for service members and veterans, by also making the plates available for motorcycles.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 24, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs & Homeland Security Committee on May 24, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 29, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 29, 2011, to clarify that for national guard plates, the words "national guard" would have to be inscribed only on plates for passenger vehicles. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 29, 2011.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 30, 2011, to revise a law authorizing license plates with a vignette of each military service branch for service members and veterans, by also making the plates available for motorcycles.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 30, 2011.
  6. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on June 30, 2011, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 12, 2011.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 4359 (Revise military license plate details )  by raunchy on July 1, 2011 

This Vietnam Vet thanks the Michigan House. Now if only they would address the issue of placing  "Military Veteran" on our drivers license I would rest easy. Many places offer Veteran's discounts but will not accept a DD214, insisting instead in seeing a non-existant "Veterans ID" card. According to the local VA, no such card or ID exists for vets, only Active Duty and Reserves. There was such a bill presented in 2009, HR 4127 (I believe) but it got side tracked and died



Re: 2011 House Bill 4359 (Revise military license plate details )  by GRIZ1 on March 24, 2011 

   THIS BILL SHOULD PASS, AND THAT WILL BE AN XTRA  $5.00 TO PLATE FEE ON THE BIKE, BUT I ALREADY PAY THE XTRA FEE ON MY VECH'S NOW FOR MY VIETNAM PLATES. I JUST ASK ABOUT THAT WHEN I WENT AND RENEWED MY BIKE PLATE THIS YEAR BUT NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT IT AT THE SEC. ST. OFFICE.  IT'S WORTH THE XTRA ANYWAY, MAYBE HELP WITH THE STATE DEFIT THAT GRANOLDHOLM LEFT US.  THAT WAS A PLAY ON WORDS.



Re: 2011 House Bill 4359 (Revise military license plate details )  by Kelly on March 15, 2011 

 This bill is long past due.  Michigan is currently very deficiant in it's respect shown to Veterans via it's motor vehicle license plates.  While many speciality plates have destinctive insignias or pictures, Michigan's current Veterans Plates only offer wordage.  With the mandating of the individual insignia of each branch of the Military, Michigan will have joined with ALL OTHER States which offer their Veterans this respect via motor vehicle license plates.  This bill would also mandate Veterans Plates for motorcycles, something which current policy does not do.  The State Senate has a very simular bill, SB214.  The Senate bill does not mandate the inclusion of the insignia of the branch of Military.  By not doing so the Senate Bill could leave Michigan still lacking in showing equal respect with ALL OTHER States.  Hopefully this discrepancy will be ammended prior to the Senate voting on this long past bill.



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