ON Congress passes bill for active military duty personnel to receive vehicle tags at a reduced rate

Osage Nation vehicle tags will be available at a reduced rate to active duty military personnel who are Osage in addition to veterans thanks to an Osage law change approved by the Fifth Osage Nation Congress.

On March 31, the Congress unanimously approved bill ONCA 17-38 (sponsored by Congressional Speaker Angela Pratt) which amends the Nation’s Revenue and Taxation Act “to allow active duty personnel of the military to obtain vehicle plates at a reduced rate of $15.”

According to the bill, the Tax Commission, which issues the ON vehicle tags, will issue vehicle tags at the request of an Osage military veteran or active duty military personnel.

To qualify for the reduced rate, an active military personnel member must be in possession of valid current military identification, according to the bill. Military veterans, who also receive the flat $15 fee for a vehicle tag, are identified as those who have been honorably discharged as evidenced by having a DD 214 form (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). 

The bill is now subject to consideration of action by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. The Congress is in Day 9 of the Hun-Kah Session and will meet at 10 a.m. on April 5.

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