SUMMARY OF BILL
REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE
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.
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.
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.