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LRB-3082/1
EVM:kjf
2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
February 9, 2016 - Introduced by Representatives Bowen, Brostoff, Johnson,
Ohnstad, Kahl, Berceau, Considine, Wachs, Goyke, Sinicki and Barnes,
cosponsored by Senators Harris Dodd, L. Taylor and C. Larson. Referred to
Committee on Transportation.
AB899,1,5 1An Act to amend 341.14 (6r) (b) 1., 341.14 (6r) (c), 341.14 (6r) (e) and 341.14 (6r)
2(fm) 7.; and to create 20.395 (5) (fg), 20.395 (5) (fh), 20.395 (5) (fi), 20.395 (5)
3(fj), 25.40 (1) (a) 32., 341.14 (6r) (b) 17., 341.14 (6r) (f) 65. and 341.14 (11) of the
4statutes; relating to: special registration plates associated with certain
5professional basketball teams and making appropriations.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows persons interested in expressing their support of the Milwaukee
Bucks to obtain special registration plates.
Under current law, members of certain designated special groups may obtain
special registration plates for certain vehicles that are owned or leased by special
group members. A fee, in addition to the regular registration fee for the particular
kind of vehicle, is charged for the issuance or reissuance of most special plates.
This bill establishes an authorized special group specifically enumerated in
state law for persons interested in obtaining special plates expressing support for
certain professional basketball teams. In addition to the regular vehicle registration
fee, special group members are required to pay a $15 fee for issuance or reissuance
of the special plates and to annually include a voluntary payment of $25. Funds from
the voluntary payment are retained by DOT until DOT recovers the lesser of $23,700
or the amount of the initial costs of production of these special plates. After this, the
voluntary payment is divided into equal payments to the Milwaukee Bucks
Foundation, the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and a certain local exposition

district. The bill requires that the special plates' design be approved by the president
of the Milwaukee Bucks. DOT may not issue these special plates until DOT has
obtained authority to use any applicable trademark or service mark associated with
the professional basketball team.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB899,1 1Section 1. 20.395 (5) (fg) of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,2,42 20.395 (5) (fg) Basketball plate payments to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation.
3From the general fund, all moneys received under s. 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. a. for
4payments to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation.
AB899,2 5Section 2. 20.395 (5) (fh) of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,2,86 20.395 (5) (fh) Basketball plate payments to the city of Milwaukee. From the
7general fund, all moneys received under s. 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. c. for payments to the
8city of Milwaukee.
AB899,3 9Section 3. 20.395 (5) (fi) of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,2,1210 20.395 (5) (fi) Basketball plate payments to Milwaukee County. From the
11general fund, all moneys received under s. 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. c. for payments to
12Milwaukee County.
AB899,4 13Section 4. 20.395 (5) (fj) of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,2,1614 20.395 (5) (fj) Basketball plate payments to local exposition district. From the
15general fund, all moneys received under s. 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. d. for payments to the
16local exposition district created under subch. II of ch. 229.
AB899,5 17Section 5. 25.40 (1) (a) 32. of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,3,3
125.40 (1) (a) 32. Moneys received under s. 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. that are deposited
2into the general fund and credited to the appropriation accounts under s. 20.395 (5)
3(fg), (fh), (fi), and (fj).
AB899,6 4Section 6. 341.14 (6r) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB899,4,45 341.14 (6r) (b) 1. Subject to subd. 1m., upon application to register an
6automobile or motor home, or a motor truck, dual purpose motor home or dual
7purpose farm truck which has a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds, or a
8farm truck which has a gross weight of not more than 12,000 pounds, by any person
9who is a resident of this state and a member of an authorized special group, the
10department shall issue to the person special plates whose colors and design shall
11indicate that the vehicle is owned by a person who is a member of the applicable
12special group. The department may not issue any special group plates under par. (f)
1355., 60., or 61r. until 6 months after the department has received information
14sufficient for the department to determine that any approvals required for use of any
15logo, trademark, trade name or other commercial symbol designating the
16professional football team or professional baseball team or associated with
17Harley-Davidson, Inc., have been obtained. Subject to subs. (9) (d) and, (10) (d), and
18(11) (d),
the department may not issue any special group plates under par. (f) 61m.
19or, 63., or 65. until the department has received information sufficient for the
20department to determine that any license or other approval required for use of any
21logo, trademark or service mark, trade name or other commercial symbol to be used
22on or in association with these plates has been obtained. Notwithstanding s. 341.12
23(2), if the department of corrections does not have flat-plate technology available for
24use in manufacturing license plates at quality and cost comparable to that available
25from the state of Minnesota, the department of transportation may not issue any

1special group plates under par. (f) 59. unless the department of transportation
2purchases the plates from the state of Minnesota. Sections 16.70, 16.71, 16.72, 16.75,
316.752 to 16.755, 16.765, 16.77, and 16.82 do not apply to purchases of plates issued
4under par. (f) 59. from the state of Minnesota.
AB899,7 5Section 7. 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,4,196 341.14 (6r) (b) 17. A voluntary payment of $25 that is in addition to the fee
7under subd. 2. shall be collected in connection with the issuance or renewal of a plate
8issued on an annual basis for the special group specified under par. (f) 65. A
9voluntary payment of $50 that is in addition to the fee under subd. 2. shall be
10collected in connection with the issuance or renewal of a plate issued on a biennial
11basis for the special group specified under par. (f) 65. if the plate is issued or renewed
12during the first year of the biennial registration period or $25 for the issuance or
13renewal if the plate is issued or renewed during the 2nd year of the biennial
14registration period. No plate may be issued for the special group specified under par.
15(f) 65. unless the voluntary payment under this subdivision is collected. For each
16professional basketball team for which plates are produced under par. (f) 65., all
17moneys received under this subdivision, in excess of $23,700, for the initial costs of
18production for each team's special group plates, shall be deposited into the general
19fund and credited as follows:
AB899,4,2120 a. Twenty-five percent shall be credited to the appropriation account under s.
2120.395 (5) (fg).
AB899,4,2322 b. Twenty-five percent shall be credited to the appropriation account under s.
2320.395 (5) (fh).
AB899,4,2524 c. Twenty-five percent shall be credited to the appropriation account under s.
2520.395 (5) (fi).
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1d. Twenty-five percent shall be credited to the appropriation account under s.
220.395 (5) (fj).
AB899,8 3Section 8. 341.14 (6r) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB899,6,174 341.14 (6r) (c) Special group plates shall display the word "Wisconsin", the
5name of the applicable authorized special group, a symbol representing the special
6group, not exceeding one position, and identifying letters or numbers or both, not
7exceeding 6 positions and not less than one position. Except as provided in this
8paragraph, the department shall specify the design for special group plates, but the
9department shall consult the president of the University of Wisconsin System before
10specifying the word or symbol used to identify the special groups under par. (f) 35.
11to 47., the secretary of natural resources before specifying the word or symbol used
12to identify the special groups under par. (f) 50. and 59., the chief executive officer of
13the professional football team and an authorized representative of the league of
14professional football teams described in s. 229.823 to which that team belongs before
15specifying the design for the applicable special group plate under par. (f) 55., the chief
16trademark officer of Harley-Davidson Michigan, LLC before specifying the design
17for the applicable special group plate under par. (f) 61r., the department of veterans
18affairs before specifying the design for the special group plates under par. (f) 49d.,
1949h., and 49s., and the department of tourism and chief executive officer of the
20organization specified in par. (f) 55m. before specifying the design and word or
21symbol used to identify the special group name for special group plates under par.
22(f) 55m. Special group plates under par. (f) 50. shall be as similar as possible to
23regular registration plates in color and design. Special group plates issued under
24par. (f) 62. shall display the words "In God We Trust". The department shall make
25available 2 designs for the special group plates under par. (f) 60. The department

1may not specify any design for the special group plates under par. (f) 60. unless the
2design is approved by the executive vice president of the Milwaukee Brewers
3Baseball Club LP. The department may not specify any design for the special group
4plates under par. (f) 65. unless the design is approved by the president of the
5Milwaukee Bucks.
The word or symbol used to identify the special group under par.
6(f) 59. shall be different from the word or symbol used to identify the special group
7under par. (f) 50. and the design shall cover the entire plate. Special group plates
8under par. (f) 61m. shall display a logo or image of the lion associated with the Lions
9Clubs International. Special group plates under par. (f) 61r. shall display a bar and
10shield logo associated with Harley-Davidson, Inc., on the left portion of the plates
11and the words "share the road" on the bottom portion of the plates. Special group
12plates under par. (f) 63. shall display the words "Trout Unlimited." Notwithstanding
13par. (e), special group plates under par. (f) 33m. and 48m. shall be the same color and
14design that was specified by the department for special group plates under par. (f)
1533. and 48., respectively, immediately prior to January 1, 2007. The design for
16special group plates under par. (f) 33. and 48. shall be different from the design of
17special group plates under par. (f) 33m. and 48m., respectively.
AB899,9 18Section 9. 341.14 (6r) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB899,7,919 341.14 (6r) (e) The department shall specify one combination of colors for
20special group plates for groups or organizations which are not military in nature and
21not special group plates under par. (f) 35. to 47., 50., and 59., for each professional
22football team under par. (f) 55., and for each professional baseball team under par.
23(f) 60., and for each professional basketball team under par. (f) 65. The department
24shall specify one combination of colors for special group plates under par. (f) 35. to
2547. Subject to par. (c), the department shall specify the word or words comprising the

1special group name and the symbol to be displayed upon special group plates for a
2group or organization which is not military in nature after consultation with the
3chief executive officer in this state of the group or organization. The department
4shall require that the word or words and symbol for a university specified under par.
5(f) 35. to 47. be a registration decal or tag and affixed to the special group plate and
6be of the colors for a university specified under par. (f) 35. to 47. that the president
7of the University of Wisconsin System specifies. The department shall consult the
8chief trademark officer of Harley-Davidson Michigan, LLC before specifying the
9colors for the special group plate under par. (f) 61r.
AB899,10 10Section 10. 341.14 (6r) (f) 65. of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,7,1311 341.14 (6r) (f) 65. Persons interested in expressing their support of a
12professional basketball team that has entered into, or whose affiliate has entered
13into, a development agreement with a local exposition district under s. 229.461.
AB899,11 14Section 11. 341.14 (6r) (fm) 7. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB899,7,2115 341.14 (6r) (fm) 7. After October 1, 1998, additional authorized special groups
16may only be special groups designated by the department under this paragraph. The
17authorized special groups enumerated in par. (f) shall be limited solely to those
18special groups specified under par. (f) on October 1, 1998. This subdivision does not
19apply to the special groups specified under par. (f) 3m., 6m., 9g., 9m., 12g., 12m.,
2015m., 15n., 15o., 15p., 15q., 19m., 33m., 48m., 49d., 49h., 49s., 54., 55., 55m., 56., 57.,
2158., 59., 60., 61., 61m., 61r., and 62. and, 63. and, 64., and 65.
AB899,12 22Section 12. 341.14 (11) of the statutes is created to read:
AB899,7,2523 341.14 (11) (a) Subject to par. (c), from the appropriation under s. 20.395 (5) (fg),
24the department shall make payments to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, if the
25department issues special group plates under sub. (6r) (f) 65.
AB899,8,4
1(b) For each year in which the department makes payments under par. (a), the
2Milwaukee Bucks Foundation shall submit to the presiding officer of each house of
3the legislature an audited financial statement of its use of the payments under this
4subsection, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
AB899,8,115 (c) 1. The department may make payments to the Milwaukee Bucks
6Foundation under this subsection only if the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation is eligible
7for the exemption from taxation under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
8The department shall discontinue payments to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation
9under this subsection if the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation dissolves, becomes
10insolvent, files a petition for bankruptcy, or is no longer exempt from taxation under
11section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
AB899,8,1412 2. The department may make payments to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation
13under this subsection only if the department determines that the payments will be
14used for charitable purposes in the city of Milwaukee.
AB899,8,1915 (d) 1. If the special group plates under sub. (6r) (f) 65. will display any logo,
16trademark or service mark, trade name, or other commercial symbol associated with
17the Milwaukee Bucks, the department may not issue any plates under sub. (6r) (f)
1865. unless the approval specified in sub. (6r) (b) 1. for these plates provides for all of
19the following:
AB899,8,2120 a. That the approval is irrevocable with respect to all plates issued for vehicles
21after the plates are issued for these vehicles.
AB899,8,2522 b. That, if the approval is withdrawn, the department may continue to renew
23the registration of vehicles previously issued plates under sub. (6r) (f) 65., without
24replacing those plates, but the department shall discontinue collecting the voluntary
25payment specified in sub. (6r) (b) 17. with respect to these renewals.
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12. Notwithstanding sub. (6r) (b) 1. and (f) (intro.), if the approval specified in
2sub. (6r) (b) 1. for plates issued under sub. (6r) (f) 65. is withdrawn, the department
3shall discontinue issuing plates under sub. (6r) (f) 65. unless additional approval, as
4specified in this paragraph and sub. (6r) (b) 1., is obtained by the department.
AB899,9,55 (End)
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