Florida Senate - 2019 SB 140 By Senator Stewart 13-00456B-19 2019140__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to specialty license plates; amending 3 ss. 320.08056 and 320.08058, F.S.; directing the 4 Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to 5 develop a Gopher Tortoise license plate; establishing 6 an annual use fee for the plate; providing for 7 distribution and use of fees collected from the sale 8 of the plate; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Paragraph (ffff) is added to subsection (4) of 13 section 320.08056, Florida Statutes, to read: 14 320.08056 Specialty license plates.— 15 (4) The following license plate annual use fees shall be 16 collected for the appropriate specialty license plates: 17 (ffff) Gopher Tortoise license plate, $25. 18 Section 2. Subsection (84) is added to section 320.08058, 19 Florida Statutes, to read: 20 320.08058 Specialty license plates.— 21 (84) GOPHER TORTOISE LICENSE PLATES.— 22 (a) The department shall develop a Gopher Tortoise license 23 plate as provided in s. 320.08053 and this section. The plate 24 must bear the colors and design approved by the department. The 25 word “Florida” must appear at the top of the plate, and the 26 words “Protect the Gopher Tortoise” must appear at the bottom of 27 the plate. 28 (b) The annual use fees from the sale of the plate shall be 29 distributed to Wildlands Conservation, Inc., a nonprofit 30 corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, to 31 fund gopher tortoise and commensal species research, education, 32 and conservation, as well as upland habitat protection, 33 restoration, and management in this state. Up to 15 percent of 34 the funds received by Wildlands Conservation, Inc., may be used 35 for marketing of the plate and costs directly associated with 36 the administration of the gopher tortoise protection program. 37 Wildlands Conservation, Inc., shall use and distribute the funds 38 to eligible Florida-based scientific, conservation, and 39 educational organizations for gopher tortoise and upland habitat 40 research, conservation, and management. 41 Section 3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2019.