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.