130th Ohio General Assembly
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(126th General Assembly)
(House Bill Number 236)



AN ACT
To amend section 2108.15 and to enact section 4503.721 of the Revised Code to create "Donate Life" license plates.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1. That section 2108.15 be amended and section 4503.721 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 2108.15.  (A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the second chance trust fund. The fund shall consist of voluntary contributions deposited as provided in sections 4503.721, 4506.081, 4507.231, and 4507.501 of the Revised Code. All investment earnings of the fund shall be credited to the fund.

(B) The director of health shall use the money in the fund only for the following purposes:

(1) Development and implementation of a campaign that explains and promotes the second chance trust fund;

(2) Development and implementation of local and statewide public education programs about organ, tissue, and eye donation, including the informational material required to be provided under sections 4506.081, 4507.231, and 4507.501 of the Revised Code;

(3) Development and implementation of local and statewide donor awareness programs in schools;

(4) Development and implementation of local and statewide programs to recognize donor families;

(5) Development and distribution of materials promoting organ, tissue, and eye donation;

(6) Cooperation with the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio State Bar Association, and law schools of this state to more effectively educate attorneys about the donation of anatomical gifts and to encourage them to assist their clients in donating anatomical gifts through anatomical gift declarations, durable powers of attorney for health care, declarations as defined in section 2133.01 of the Revised Code, wills, and any other appropriate means;

(7) Cooperation with the state medical board, state medical, osteopathic, and opthalmological associations, and colleges of medicine and osteopathic medicine in this state to more effectively educate physicians about the donation of anatomical gifts and to encourage them to assist their patients in making declarations of anatomical gifts;

(8) Development and initial implementation of the donor registry established pursuant to section 2108.18 of the Revised Code, except that the total amount expended shall not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars;

(9) Development of statewide hospital training programs to encourage and facilitate compliance with section 2108.021 of the Revised Code concerning circumstances under which an anatomical gift is required to be requested;

(10) Reimbursement of the bureau of motor vehicles for the administrative costs incurred in the performance of duties under sections 4506.081, 4507.231, and 4507.501 of the Revised Code;

(11) Reimbursement of the department of health for administrative costs incurred in the performance of duties under this section and section 2108.17 of the Revised Code;

(12) Reimbursement of members of the second chance fund advisory committee for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.

(C) The director shall make the materials developed under division (B)(5) of this section available to other state agencies.

(D) The director shall consider recommendations made by the second chance trust fund advisory committee pursuant to section 2108.17 of the Revised Code. The director shall determine the appropriateness of and approve or disapprove projects recommended by the advisory committee for funding and approve or disapprove the disbursement of money from the second chance trust fund.

Sec. 4503.721.  (A) The owner or lessee of any passenger car, noncommercial motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, or other vehicle of a class approved by the registrar of motor vehicles may apply to the registrar for the registration of the vehicle and issuance of "donate life" license plates. An application made under this section may be combined with a request for a special reserved license plate under section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code. Upon receipt of the completed application and compliance by the applicant with divisions (B) and (C) of this section, the registrar shall issue to the applicant the appropriate vehicle registration and a set of "donate life" license plates and a validation sticker, or a validation sticker alone when required by section 4503.191 of the Revised Code.

In addition to the letters and numbers ordinarily inscribed on the license plates, "donate life" license plates shall be inscribed with identifying words or markings designated by lifeline of Ohio, incorporated, and approved by the registrar. "Donate life" license plates shall display county identification stickers that identify the county of registration by name or number.

(B) The "donate life" license plates and a validation sticker, or validation sticker alone, shall be issued upon receipt of a contribution as provided in division (C) of this section and upon payment of the regular license tax as prescribed under section 4503.04 of the Revised Code, any applicable motor vehicle license tax levied under Chapter 4504. of the Revised Code, any applicable additional fee prescribed by section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code, an additional fee of ten dollars, and compliance with all other applicable laws relating to the registration of motor vehicles.

(C) For each application for registration and registration renewal notice the registrar receives under this section, the registrar shall collect a contribution of five dollars. The registrar shall transmit this contribution to the treasurer of state for deposit into the state treasury to the credit of the second chance trust fund created in section 2108.15 of the Revised Code.

The additional fee of ten dollars is to compensate the bureau of motor vehicles for additional services required in the issuing of "donate life" license plates. The registrar shall transmit the additional fee to the treasurer of state for deposit into the state treasury to the credit of the state bureau of motor vehicles fund created by section 4501.25 of the Revised Code.

SECTION 2. That existing section 2108.15 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.

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