Florida Senate - 2016 SB 88 By Senator Simpson 18-00071-16 201688__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to Gold Star license plates; amending 3 s. 320.0894, F.S.; including certain individuals as 4 qualified for issuance of a Gold Star license plate; 5 providing an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section 10 320.0894, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 11 320.0894 Motor vehicle license plates to Gold Star family 12 members.—The department shall develop a special license plate 13 honoring the family members of servicemembers who have been 14 killed while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. 15 The license plate shall be officially designated as the Gold 16 Star license plate and shall be developed and issued as provided 17 in this section. 18 (4)(a)1.a. The Gold Star license plate shall be issued only 19 to family members of a servicemember who resided in Florida at 20 the time of the death of the servicemember. 21 b. Any family member, as defined in subparagraph 2., of a 22 servicemember killed while serving may be issued a Gold Star 23 license plate upon payment of the license tax and appropriate 24 fees as provided in paragraph (3)(a) without regard to the state 25 of residence of the servicemember. 26 2. To qualify for issuance of a Gold Star license plate, 27 the applicant must be directly related to a fallen servicemember 28 as spouse, legal mother or father,
orstepparent, parent through 29 adoption, foster parent, grandparent, child, stepchild, adopted 30 child, brother, sister, half brother, or half sister who is31 currently married to the mother or fatherof the fallen 32 servicemember. 33 3. A servicemember is deemed to have been killed while in 34 service as listed by the United States Department of Defense and 35 may be verified from documentation directly from the Department 36 of Defense or from its subordinate agencies, such as the Coast 37 Guard, Reserve, or National Guard. 38 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.