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  H.B. No. 1273
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to certain military specialty license plates.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 504.202(e-1), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (e-1)  Other than license plates issued under Subsection
  (h), license plates issued under this section may include, on
  request:
               (1)  the emblem of the veteran's branch of service; or
               (2)  one emblem from another license plate to which the
  person is entitled under Section 504.308, 504.311, 504.312,
  504.313, 504.3135, 504.314, 504.315, 504.316, 504.318, or 504.319.
         SECTION 2.  Section 504.3015(b), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The fee for the issuance of one set of specialty license
  plates issued under Section 504.315(d) [504.315(c), (d),] or (g) is
  $3.  There is no additional fee for a specialty license plate
  issued under another provision of this subchapter.
         SECTION 3.  Section 504.311, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 504.311.  SERVICE IN KOREA [KOREAN WAR VETERANS]. (a)
  The department shall issue specialty license plates for persons who
  served in the United States armed forces:
               (1)  during the period beginning on June 27 [after June
  26], 1950, and ending on July 27, 1954, and who received the
  National Defense Service Medal;
               (2)  in a combat zone in Korea during the period
  beginning on June 27, 1950, and ending on July 27, 1954, and who
  received the Korean Service Medal; or
               (3)  in the Korean Demilitarized Zone beginning on July
  28, 1954, and who received the Korean Defense Service Medal [before
  February 1, 1955].
         (b)  License plates issued under this section must include
  the words "Korea Veteran[.]" and bear a depiction of the
  appropriate medal.
         SECTION 4.  Section 504.312, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 504.312.  VIETNAM VETERANS. (a) The department shall
  issue specialty license plates for persons who served in the United
  States armed forces [during]:
               (1)  during the period beginning on January 1, 1961,
  and ending on August 14, 1974, and who received the National Defense
  Service Medal; or
               (2)  in a combat zone in the Republic of Vietnam
  during the period beginning on July 1, 1958 [February 28, 1961],
  and ending on March 28, 1973, and who received the Vietnam Service
  Medal [May 7, 1975, in the case of a veteran who served in the
  Republic of Vietnam during that period; or
               [(2)     the period beginning on August 5, 1964, and
  ending on May 7, 1975, in all other cases].
         (b)  License plates issued under this section must include
  the words "Vietnam Veteran[.]" and bear a depiction of the
  appropriate medal.
         SECTION 5.  Section 504.313, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 504.313.  DESERT SHIELD OR DESERT STORM VETERANS. (a)
  The department shall issue specialty license plates for persons who
  served in the United States armed forces:
               (1)  during the period beginning on [after] August 2,
  [1,] 1990, and ending on November 30, 1995, and who received the
  National Defense Service Medal; or
               (2)  in a combat zone in support of Operation Desert
  Shield or Desert Storm during the period beginning on August 2,
  1990, and ending on November 30, 1995, and who received the
  Southwest Asia Service Medal [before April 12, 1991].  
         (b)  License plates issued under this section must include
  the words "Desert Shield/Storm/Provide Comfort[.]" and bear a
  depiction of the appropriate medal.
         SECTION 6.  Section 504.315, Transportation Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (j) to read as follows:
         (j)  The department shall issue specialty license plates for
  recipients of the Prisoner of War Medal.  License plates issued
  under this subsection must include the Prisoner of War Medal emblem
  and must include the words "Prisoner of War Medal" at the bottom of
  each plate.
         SECTION 7.  Section 504.315(c), Transportation Code, is
  repealed.
         SECTION 8.  The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is not
  required to issue specialty license plates under Sections 504.311,
  504.312, 504.313, and 504.315, Transportation Code, as amended by
  this Act, until January 1, 2016.
         SECTION 9.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1273 was passed by the House on April
  30, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1273 on May 26, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1273 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 23, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor