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  H.B. No. 2105
 
AN ACT
relating to the issuance of disabled parking placards to and the
registration of vehicles by certain veterans with disabilities.
       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
       SECTION 1.  Section 504.202, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsections (b) and (d) and adding Subsection (g) to
read as follows:
       (b)  [The department shall issue a specialty license plate
for a motor vehicle that has a manufacturer's rated carrying
capacity of two tons or less and that is owned by a veteran of the
United States armed forces.] A veteran of the United States armed
forces is entitled to register, for the person's own use, two motor
vehicles under this section if [the person]:
             (1)  the person has suffered, as a result of military
service:
                   (A)  at least a 50 percent service-connected
disability; or
                   (B)  a 40 percent service-connected disability
because of the amputation of a lower extremity; [and]
             (2)  the person receives compensation from the United
States because of the disability; and
             (3)  the motor vehicle:
                   (A)  is owned by the person; and
                   (B)  has a manufacturer's rated carrying capacity
of two tons or less.
        (d)  A statement by the veterans county service officer of
the county in which a vehicle described by Subsection (c) [(b)] is
registered or by the Department of Veterans Affairs that a vehicle
is used exclusively to transport veterans with disabilities without
charge is satisfactory proof of eligibility for an organization.
       (g)  A person who receives two sets of license plates under
this section may receive two disabled parking placards under
Section 681.004 without providing additional documentation.
       SECTION 2.  Section 681.004(a), Transportation Code, is
amended to read as follows:
       (a)  A person with a permanent disability may receive:
             (1)  two disabled parking placards, if the person does
not receive a set of special license plates under Section 504.201;
[or]
             (2)  one disabled parking placard, if the person
receives a set of special license plates under Section 504.201; or
             (3)  two disabled parking placards, if the person
receives two sets of special license plates under Section 504.202.
       SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
____________________________________________________________
   President of the SenateSpeaker of the House      
       I certify that H.B. No. 2105 was passed by the House on April
12, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 141, Nays 0, 1 present, not
voting.
______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House   
       I certify that H.B. No. 2105 was passed by the Senate on May
3, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
______________________________
Secretary of the Senate    
APPROVED:  _____________________
APPROVED:  _____________________
                   Date          
 
 
          _____________________
                 Governor