2011 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 47 — Revenue and taxation
RS 47:491 — Legislative findings
PART II-B. AMATEUR RADIO STATION LICENSE PLATES
§491. Legislative findings
A.(1) The legislature finds that amateur radio station operators have had the privilege of having their own identifiable plates since 1951.
(2) The legislature further finds that the state has an obligation to inform citizens of this state of the much needed public service performed by these operators during times of emergencies or disasters. An example of the invaluable public service performed by these amateur radio operators became evident in the first days following Hurricane Katrina, when all others means of communication had failed and amateur radio operators relayed information for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the state office of emergency preparedness.
(3) The legislature further finds that such amateur operators in the Baton Rouge area have provided additional communication services for the Red Cross, at all Louisiana State University football games, walk-a-thons for various charitable organizations, and the Great River Road Run.
(4) The legislature further finds that amateur radio operators are licensed private citizens who take examinations that grant them permission from the Federal Communications Commission to use certain radio frequencies.
(5) The legislature further finds that this license plate is unique and distinct from other prestige plates. The official call letters of the amateur radio station owned or operated by such operators as assigned by the Federal Communications Commission are inscribed on the plate.
(6) The legislature concludes from these findings that the state has a legitimate governmental interest in the issuance of amateur radio station license plates to owners or operators as a way to recognize amateur radio station owners or operators and to raise public awareness of their valuable service to the public. The legislature further concludes that for these reasons the plates are issued in accordance with a "narrow, objective, and definitive standard" as is recommended by the Henderson vs. Stalder, 265 F.Supp.2d 699 (E.D. La., 2003) decision.
Acts 2006, No. 353, §1, eff. June 13, 2006; Acts 2010, No. 12, §1.
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