Recognition of Gold Star families expands

Families of service members killed in armed conflict affected

The Senate Corps and Trans Committee unanimously passed a bill to recognize more people who have had a service member in the family killed in an armed conflict.
 
SB 86 amends the Gold Star Family Registration Plate to expand who is eligible for the plate and it specifies what proof is acceptable to prove the death of the service member.  The bill now heads to the Senate Finance Committee.

Among other things the bill does the following:

  • Enlarges and specifies the definition of a child eligible for the plate by adding adopted, legal ward and a child of person in loco parentis;
  • Enlarges and specifies the definition of a parent eligible for the plate by adding adoptive, foster, or parent in loco parentis to a child;
  • Enlarges and specifies the definition of sibling eligible for the plate by adding step sibling and half sibling;
  • Specifies what Dept. of Defense proof will serve to get a plate if a person is killed in an armed conflict.

No fee, including the regular registration fee applicable to the passenger motor vehicle, if any, shall be collected for issuance of the first special registration plate issued to a surviving parent or spouse of a service member described in the current law. No fee other than the regular registration fee applicable to the passenger motor vehicle, if any, shall be collected for issuance of [the] three additional special registration plates issued to a surviving parent or spouse of a service member described in the current law.