Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 29 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 2FF, inserted by section 2 of chapter 203 of the acts of 1996, the following section:-
Section 2GG. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Child Care Quality Fund. There shall be credited to said fund revenues received from the sale of Invest in Children distinctive registration plates issued pursuant to subsection (b) of section two E of chapter ninety. Amounts credited to said fund shall be available for expenditure by the commissioner of the office for children for providing grants to not-for-profit child care organizations for the purpose of improving child care services including, but not limited to, teacher training, training and education of consumers and parents, the purchase of educational curricula and materials, specialized training for bilingual and bicultural providers and consumers and technical assistance for acquiring accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
SECTION 2. Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1994 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 2D the following section:-
Section 2E. The registrar shall furnish, upon application, to the owners of private passenger motor vehicles distinctive registration plates which shall display on their face a design indicating support for the children of the commonwealth and the words "Invest in Children". There shall be a fee of not less than forty dollars for such plates in addition to the established registration fee for private passenger motor vehicles, such fee being payable at the time of registration of such vehicle and at each renewal thereof. The portion of the total fee remaining after the deduction of costs directly attributable to the issuance of such plates shall be deposited within ninety days of receipt thereof in the Child Care Quality Fund established by section two GG of chapter twenty-nine.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the registrar of motor vehicles shall make available the distinctive registration plates provided for in this act not later than May first, nineteen hundred and ninety-seven.