TYH S.B. 987 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 987 By: Ratliff Transportation 4/15/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, several organizations across Texas have designed their own specialty license plates to help generate awareness and raise money for a particular goal. S.B. 987 creates the Texas Young Lawyers Association license plates and provides for part of the annual fee to be deposited to the basic civil legal services account. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter F, Chapter 502, Transportation Code, by adding Section 502.299, as follows: Sec. 502.299. TEXAS YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION LICENSE PLATES. (a) Requires the Department of Transportation (department) to issue specially designed Texas Young Lawyers Association license plates for passenger cars and light trucks. (b) Provides that the license plates must bear the words "And Justice For All" and be of a color, quality, and design approved by the Texas Young Lawyers Association in consultation with the department. (c) Requires the department to issue license plates to a person who applies to the county assessor-collector of the county in which the person resides on a form provided by the department and pays an annual fee of $30, in addition to specified fees. (d) Requires the department to deposit $25 to the credit of the basic civil legal services account established under Section 51.903 (Basic Civil Legal Services Account), Government Code. Provides that the department may use the remainder of any fee only to defray the cost of administering this section. (e) Requires the owner of a vehicle registered under this section to return the special license plates to the department if the owner disposes of the vehicle during the registration year. SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3.Emergency clause.