1998 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Compretta
House Bill 1254
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 27-19-53, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO LOWER FROM ONE HUNDRED PERCENT TO FIFTY PERCENT THE DISABILITY RATING THAT VETERANS MUST HAVE TO QUALIFY FOR ISSUANCE OF A DISTINCTIVE MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE TAG; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 27-19-53, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-19-53. (1) Any legal resident of the State of Mississippi who is a veteran of service in the Armed Forces of the United States, and who is rated as having not less than fifty percent (50%) permanent service-connected disability by the Veterans' Administration is privileged to purchase annually one (1) motor vehicle license plate or tag in his or her county of legal residence, for the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) in total cost, regardless of make or model of motor vehicle. The registration year of such motor vehicle shall commence the first day of the month in which application for registration is made, as provided in Section 27-19-31.
(a) Not more than one (1) such motor vehicle license plate or tag shall be issued to each such qualified veteran.
(b) This section pertains only to taxes or plates for private passenger motor vehicles or pickup trucks.
(c) Proof of ownership of each particular motor vehicle for which a license plate or tag is requested must be shown at time of application for such plate or tag.
(d) Vehicles owned by such veterans are hereby exempt from all ad valorem and privilege taxes; however, the surviving spouse of a deceased person who was issued a license plate or tag under this section shall be entitled to apply for or retain a license issued under this section and may continue annually to renew registration for one (1) motor vehicle license plate or tag under this section for as long as the spouse remains unmarried. At the time of application or renewal registration, a surviving spouse who desires to retain the distinctive plate or tag issued under this section shall file with the county tax collector a sworn statement that the spouse is unmarried. Any such vehicle when so registered shall be exempt from all ad valorem and privilege taxes.
(2) The State Tax Commission is directed to furnish each veteran obtaining a license tag under subsection (1) an emblem, which the veteran shall attach securely to the tag, showing that the tag was issued to a disabled American veteran.
(3) A license issued under this section shall not be transferable to any other person.
(4) Any person evading or violating any of the provisions of this section, or attempting to secure benefits hereunder to which he is not entitled, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).
SECTION 2. Nothing in this act shall affect or defeat any claim, assessment, appeal, suit, right or cause of action for taxes due or accrued under the highway privilege tax laws or the motor vehicle ad valorem tax laws before the date on which this act becomes effective, whether such claims, assessments, appeals, suits or actions have been begun before the date on which this act becomes effective or are begun thereafter; and the provisions of the highway privilege tax laws and the motor vehicle ad valorem tax laws are expressly continued in full force, effect and operation for the purpose of the assessment, collection and enrollment of liens for any taxes due or accrued and the execution of any warrant under such laws before the date on which this act becomes effective, and for the imposition of any penalties, forfeitures or claims for failure to comply with such laws.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.