Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

Senate TAT DP 9-0-0-0 | 3rd Read 26-2-2-0

House: TRANS DP 11-0-0-1

SB 1280: Arizona bicycling special plates

Sponsor: Senator Steele, LD 9

Caucus & COW


Establishes the Arizona Bicycling Special Plate and Fund (Fund).


Pursuant to A.R.S. § 28-2351, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is required to provide every vehicle owner one license plate for every vehicle registered upon application and on payment of prescribed fees. In accordance with A.R.S. § 28-2403, special plates may be issued by ADOT in place of the regular license plate, upon application. An initial and annual renewal fee of $25 is required for the special plate in addition to the vehicle registration fees, with outlined exceptions (A.R.S. § 28-2402). Of the $25 special plate fee, $8 is an administrative fee and $17 is an annual donation to a specified organization. Special plates are established through statutory authority and require a standard $32,000 implementation fee from a person.


1.   Directs ADOT to issue an Arizona bicycling special plate if, by December 31, 2022, a person pays $32,000 for its implementation. (Sec. 3)

2.   Requires the person that provides the $32,000 to design the special plate, subject to approval by ADOT. (Sec. 3)

3.   Allows ADOT to combine requests for the special plate and a personalized plate, in a form prescribed by ADOT and subject to fees for both plates. (Sec. 3)

4.   Requires that, of the $25 fee required to obtain and renew a special plate, $8 is an administrative fee and $17 is an annual donation. (Sec. 3)

5.   Requires that the $8 administration fee be deposited into the State Highway Fund and the $17 annual donation be deposited into the Arizona Bicycling Special Plate Fund. (Sec. 3)

6.   Requires that the first $32,000 in the Fund be reimbursed to the person who paid the implementation fee. (Sec. 3)

7.   Requires that no more than 10% of the monies annually deposited in the Fund be used to administer the Fund. (Sec. 3)

8.   States that monies in the Fund are continuously appropriated on a yearly basis. (Sec. 3)

9.   Mandates that the money from the fund, excluding administrative fees be allocated to an entity that is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the United States internal revenue code for federal income tax purposes as well as:

a)   produce bicycling events in this state for community, charity and wellness;

b)   have raised at least $101,000,000 for charities; 

c)   have been in existence for at least thirty-seven years;

d)   have all of the following objectives:

i.   to aid in the economic development of this state; 

ii. to establish this state as the bicycle center of the United States;

iii.   to encourage individuals to adopt bicycling as a natural daily life activity;

iv. to produce bicycling events for bicyclists of all ages and abilities; and

e)   annually hold the largest bicycling event in the United States on the Saturday before Thanksgiving that attracts over six thousand cyclists of all ages and abilities from around the world

10.  States that on notice from the Director, the State Treasurer will invest and divest monies in the fund and monies earned from investment will be credited to the Fund. (Sec. 3)

12. Makes conforming changes. (Sec. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)


☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal Note



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