UPDATE! The bill is off to the Colorado Senate!
Greetings! I am honored to serve our Veteran community by sponsoring HB15-1026. I’ve had a few questions about what the difference is between the Disabled Veteran Handicapped plate (blue background) and our proposed new plate (tan background). Those qualifying for the Disabled Veteran Handicapped plate may be eligible for one of the military plates with the handicap emblem on it. In fact, if you are a qualified veteran for a military license plate and a handicap plate, you would be able to choose to have both. The example plate that I have shown here illustrates what I mean. If you are a veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and also qualify for a handicap license plate, you would be able to obtain a plate like the one shown above. I also wish to add that Reservists and National Guard members would also be able to obtain the plate, given they meet the qualification criteria. This bill does not change the criteria to qualify for a military license plate, a disabled veteran handicapped plate, or a handicapped plate. This bill would allow military veterans to combine their military distinction with their disabled mobility/access into one plate.
HB15-1026 passed last week through the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and this week it passed through House Transportation & Energy Committee, both with unanimous votes. Our next stop is in House Finance Committee sometime next week. Further, I am also honored to have State Senator Mary Todd (D-28) as the Senate sponsor for this bill.
This bill has the full support of the United Veterans Committee, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, and the Governor’s Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities. These great supporters have come to both committee hearings to speak in support of this bill. As Mr. McMurtry from the United Veterans Committee has said, our military community has close ties and a deep sense of identity and this plate allows our members to further connect and keep that identity. Mr. Chris Hinds of the Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities spoke to credit this plate with providing plate choices to our disabled community that are not otherwise available. Further, he hopes that this plate will help expand the understanding of those with disabilities. Mr. Chuck Broerman and Mr. Ryan Parsell of the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office spoke to their desire to serve our military Veterans. Mr. Broerman testified to the extent and number of Veterans served in El Paso County. Mr. Broerman noted that the print-on-demand capability within the Department of Revenue makes it cost effective and relatively easy to be able to provide these plates.