"CHOOSE LIFE" FUND-RAISING PLATE                                                      S.B. 163 (S-1):

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                      REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE










Senate Bill 163 (Substitute S-1 as reported)

Sponsor:  Senator Patrick J. Colbeck

Committee:  Transportation




The bill would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to do the following:


 --    Require the Secretary of State (SOS), by June 1, 2018, to develop and issue a fund-raising license plate recognizing the Choose Life Michigan Fund.

 --    Create the "Choose Life Fund" and require donations for the plates to be deposited into the Fund.

 --    Require the money in the proposed Fund to be disbursed to the Choose Life Michigan Fund for distribution to eligible nonprofit organizations that promote life-affirming choices.


"Eligible nonprofit organizations" would include crisis pregnancy centers, homes for pregnant women, and other organizations that provide practical support to pregnant women, provide outreach to at-risk populations, and promote life-affirming programs and projects.


"Life-affirming programs and projects" would include media campaigns; specialty outreach to at-risk populations, including minorities, teenagers, and college-aged women; campaigns to promote adoption; and suicide prevention.


Proposed MCL 257.811aa                                          Legislative Analyst:  Drew Krogulecki




The bill would create a start-up cost to the Department of State; however, the current estimated three-year average start-up fee of $15,000 would have to be paid to the Department of State from the Choose Life Fund proposed by the bill. The revenue generated from the fund-raising license plate would be deposited into the Fund, after which the State Treasurer would disburse payments from the Fund on a yearly basis to the Choose Life Michigan Fund.


The bill would have no fiscal impact on local government.


Date Completed:  4-6-17                                                     Fiscal Analyst:  Joe Carrasco




This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.