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  H.B. No. 282
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for Gold Star
  family members and recipients of certain Texas military awards.
         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, 504.309, 504.310(b),
  504.311, 504.312, 504.313, 504.3135, 504.314, 504.315, 504.316,
  504.3161, 504.318, 504.319, 504.320, 504.323, 504.325, [or]
  504.327, 504.331, 504.332, 504.333, 504.334, or 504.335.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 504, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Sections 504.331, 504.332, 504.333, 504.334,
  and 504.335 to read as follows:
         Sec. 504.331.  TEXAS HOMELAND DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL. The
  department shall issue specialty license plates for recipients of
  the Texas Homeland Defense Service Medal. The license plates must
  include the Texas Homeland Defense Service Medal emblem and must
  include the words "Texas Homeland Defense Service Medal" at the
  bottom of each plate.
         Sec. 504.332.  TEXAS SUPERIOR SERVICE MEDAL. The department
  shall issue specialty license plates for recipients of the Texas
  Superior Service Medal. The license plates must include the Texas
  Superior Service Medal emblem and must include the words "Texas
  Superior Service Medal" at the bottom of each plate.
         Sec. 504.333.  LONE STAR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL. The
  department shall issue specialty license plates for recipients of
  the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal. The license plates must
  include the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal emblem and must
  include the words "Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal" at the
  bottom of each plate.
         Sec. 504.334.  TEXAS OUTSTANDING SERVICE MEDAL. The
  department shall issue specialty license plates for recipients of
  the Texas Outstanding Service Medal. The license plates must
  include the Texas Outstanding Service Medal emblem and must include
  the words "Texas Outstanding Service Medal" at the bottom of each
  plate.
         Sec. 504.335.  TEXAS MEDAL OF MERIT. The department shall
  issue specialty license plates for recipients of the Texas Medal of
  Merit. The license plates must include the Texas Medal of Merit
  emblem and must include the words "Texas Medal of Merit" at the
  bottom of each plate.
         SECTION 3.  Section 504.512(a-1), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a-1)  In this section "immediate family member" means the
  parent, child, [or] sibling, adoptive parent, adoptive child,
  foster parent, foster child, stepparent, or stepchild of a person
  who died while serving in the United States armed forces.
         SECTION 4.  It is the intent of the 88th Legislature, Regular
  Session, 2023, that the amendments made by this Act be harmonized
  with another Act of the 88th Legislature, Regular Session, 2023,
  relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted
  codes.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 282 was passed by the House on April
  20, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 3, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 282 on May 19, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, 2
  present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 282 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 17, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor