House Bill 1375, was filed by Representative James "JW" Grant (R-64 / Tampa), on March 7, 2017. The 35 year old son of former Representative/Senator John Grant, Jr., is a member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited.
SB 1374 has been filed by Senator Keith Perry (R-8 / Gainesville), a roofing contractor, elected to the Senate in 2016 after having served in the House from 2010-16.
Both bills address various aspects of the SLP program, HB 1375 contains additional interesting proposed amendments to the SLP system.
Section 6 of HB 1375 requires the DHSMV to provide a report to the Governor, President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House that will calculate the total cost per unit of producing "each specialty plate" and shall include a "calculation of the break-even point in number of plates for each specialty plate."
Section 7 requires the DHSMV to review and make preparations for the "transition from the existing process of creating specialty plates to using a new template design that is readily recognizable by applying to a standard license plate an appropriate logo or graphic that identifies the specialty plate." This decal type design will have a designated area for including a unique design and identifying number"
"Upon completion of the review, the department may begin the process of transitioning by attrition to the new specialty license plate template design."
The effective date of the bill, except as otherwise provided in the act, will be October 1, 2017.
HB 1375 also proposes to increase the minimum annual sales requirement from 1,000 to 4,000, so any plates that are doing just under $100,000.00 for their great causes will be discontinued. Collegiate license plates and Florida Professional Sports Teams license plates are exempted from the minimum sales requirement.
Jennifer Langston (850-617-3195) is the lobbyist/Legislative Affairs Administrator for the DHSMV and should have more information with respect to the DHSMV's underlying motivations behind all of these proposed changes. She will be present at each committee stop.
Trent Phillips is the Legislative Aide to Representative Grant (850-717-5064).
David Winialski is the Legislative Aide to Senator Perry (850-487-5008).
There has been no bill analysis filed for public viewing as of this date.
$18.7 Million Fiscal Impact to State for HB 1375( for proposed Increase of Minimum Sales to 4,000)
A total of 60 tags could be impacted by implementing a 4,000 minimum sales requirement. However, HB 1375, as currently written, specifically excludes Collegiate plates (29 sell less than 4,000) and Professional sports team plates (4 sell less than 4,000) and 3 tags, Fallen Law Enforcement (4548), Lauren's Kids (4,407) and Support Soccer (4,509) are close to the cut-off, based on 2016 annual sales.
24 tags fall below the 4,000 minimum sales, based on 2016 annual sales reports provided by DHSMV, and face being discontinued in a couple of years if the bill is passed.
Ever wanted to use your car to show off your love of Dolly Parton? Well, you may want to move to Tennessee, if you haven’t already. The country legend is featured on the state’s new specialty license plates, which feature Parton’s image. For the low cost of $35, fans can get their own limited edition plate for their personal vehicle. The funds raised from the sale of these plates go towards Parton’s Imagination Library, a Tennessee-based nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children.
An effort to establish a Florida specialty license plate for Auburn University has passed the 4,000 mark.
According to the iwantmyfloridaauburnplate.com website, 4,018 people had turned in unofficial pledges as of Tuesday night.
New plates need 4,000 “pre-sales” before they can be produced. Supporters hope those filing pledges at the website will follow up with the state.
The plate has bipartisan backing: Democratic PR man Kevin Cate (Class of 2005) and state Rep. Jamie Grant (Class of 2006), a Tampa Republican.
Grant intends to file a bill next year to create an Auburn plate. If passed, that would add to the 123 specialty tags Florida now offers. It would be the first collegiate specialty tag for an out-of-state school.
“We take a moment to be proud of the Auburn Family here in Florida and recognize the impact that generations of Auburn alumni have made on our state,” Grant said in a statement.
“To have more than 4,000 Floridians, in two months, commit to buying an Auburn license tag sends a strong message that plenty of taxpaying residents consider this much more than ‘just another vanity tag,’ ” he added.
Specialty plates cost $15 to $25 a year above the standard registration fee. The money the tags generate goes to charities.
“Now it’s up to the Auburn caucus to make sure they have the choice to buy the tag they want,” Grant said. “We’ll start exploring the most meaningful use of the revenue here in Florida and look forward to making this tag a reality.”
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced today the release of a new UCF license plate.
The $25 specialty plate goes on sale Friday, August 5th, according to the agency's news release. annual use fees from the license plate will return to the school. for academic programs
"The University of Central Florida was one of the first nine collegiate specialty license plates enacted by the legislature in 1986 and has been available for purchase since October 198," the release said. "There are now 36 collegiate specialty license plates."
You can switch to the Stop Heart Disease Tag today, at no cost to you. Offer excludes annual registration fees.
One hundred per cent of the funds generated through the sale of the Florida Horse Country plate are used to fund programs involved in the rehabilitation of Florida's at-risk boys and girls.
Independent studies have shown that state funding for youth programs is 30-50% short of what is required. Your purchase will help to improve public safety through the delivery of education, treatment and behavior modification for at-risk youth.
Keep Your Pets Cool in the Florida Heat
Every year we see reports across the country about pets dying from heatstroke after their owners accidentally leave them in a hot car. Here are some steps you can take to keep your pets safe in the sweltering summer months, and all year round.
Leave your pets at home.
A quick trip to the store can easily turn into a longer errand, leaving your pet alone in a hot car longer than you anticipated. The temperature inside a vehicle can go up by 20 degrees in as few as 10 minutes, even with the windows cracked. In 15 minutes, animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke. If you must take your pet with you, keep the car running with the air conditioning on.
Recognize the symptoms of heatstroke.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats cool themselves by panting, which is a slower cooling process than sweating. If your dog stops barking, lies down, and pants heavily, it could be showing early signs of heat exhaustion or stroke. Other symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, a dark tongue, a rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination.
Get to the nearest veterinarian or animal hospital.
If you think your pet has heatstroke, the most important thing to do is get it to a vet as quickly as possible.
Be careful taking your pet outside any time in the summer.
Being left in a hot car isn’t the only cause of heatstroke. Taking your dog for a walk or run in the middle of a hot day can cause heatstroke, especially in senior animals or animals with chronic illnesses.
Thanks to SPCA Tampa Bay for sharing these tips!
Florida Animal Friend is a non-profit organization devoted to helping fund these organizations’ costs of spaying and neutering homeless pets by awarding grants. These grants are funded through the sale of the Florida Animal Friend license plate. http://myfloridaspecialtyplate.com/animal-friend.html
Scientists say Florida's coral reef system, the third-largest in the world, is in rapid decay, with a variety of threats edging the delicate ecosystem closer to collapse sooner than anyone believed possible.
"We didn't think this would happen for another 50 or 60 years," said Chris Langdon, a marine biologist at the University of Miami, who published a new report on the health of the reef in May. "This study showed a whole new thing we didn't even know was threatening them."
Langdon and his team discovered that as ocean water becomes more acidic, due to carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, the structures that support the coral are beginning to disintegrate.
"When you add acid to a piece of limestone, you'll see it fizz up. That's what we're talking about here," said Langdon. "We can definitely see less each year, less coral than the year before."
Despite the mounting controversies about what is weakening Florida's coral reefs, scientists warn the consequences of letting the trend continue could be staggering.
"People who don't live as close don't care as much, but they should get the message they are going to be affected as well," said Langdon. "It's going to affect our economy, it's going to affect our jobs."
According to NOAA's website, the corals bring in about $8.5 billion to Florida's economy, helping to keep about 70,000 people employed.
"The straw is going to break the camel's back," said Langdon. "If you're getting eaten away by cancer, you want to attack it right away before the tumors get too big... We've got to wake up and do something."
You can support Florida reef preservation by purchasing the Protect our Reefs Florida specialty license plate today:
According to the latest sales statistics released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, total specialty license plate sales dropped 7.5% compared to April, 2015, for a total decline of $191,541.75. Biennial fees dropped from $391,081.00 to $301,147.00. However, new plate sales increased from 15,388 to 15,641.
Tampa Bay Bucs increased April net revenue by 13.5% to $47,850 from $42,175, bolstered by the new design.
Endless Summer increased April net revenue by 13% to $99,125.00, from $87,750 in 2015.
University of Florida, while still maintaining the top spot for annual sales of all specialty license plates, suffered a 10% decline in sales for April, 2016, compared to April, 2015.
FSU April sales declined 8%, while U of Miami declined 3%.
HBOI's Protect Wild Dolphins tag declined nearly 15% compared to April, 2015, and has now declined 28% compared to sales in April, 2010, from $105,860 to $76,180.00, a loss of $29, 680.00 for the month of April.
There are 127 specialty license plates available for purchase.