senate Bill S531

Establishes a veteran's outreach center distinctive license plate

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Bill Status

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
  • 06 / Jan / 2010


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Bill Details

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Legislative Cycle:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law

Sponsor Memo


An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law,
in relation to creating the veteran's outreach center distinctive
license plate program and applying the revenues raised from such new
program to the purposes of supporting the veteran's outreach center

By permitting the issuance of license plates with the phrase

"Serving Those Who Serve U.S.," this legislation would not only raise
awareness for those who served our country, but also increase funding
for needed Veteran's Outreach Centers.

Section 1: The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new
section 404-x to read as follows: Distinctive veteran's outreach
center license plates. 1. Any person residing in this state shall,
upon request, be issued a distinctive veteran's outreach center
license plate in support of the Veteran's Outreach Center, Inc. in
Rochester, New York bearing the phrase "Serving Those Who Serve U.S."
Application for said license plate shall be filed with the
commissioner in such form and detail as the commissioner shall
prescribe. The commissioner shall provide conspicuous notice to
applicants, in such form and manner acceptable to the commissioner,
that surcharges from the issuance of such distinctive license plate
shall, when available, be used for comprehensive veterans' outreach
services provided by the Veteran's Outreach Center, Inc. in Rochester,
New York. 2. A distinctive plate issued pursuant to this section shall
be issued in the same manner as other number plates upon the payment
of the regular registration fee prescribed by section four hundred one
of this article; provided, however, that an additional annual service
charge of twenty-five dollars shall be charged for such plates. Such
annual service charge shall be deposited pursuant to the provisions of
section four hundred four-oo of this article to the credit of the
department of motor vehicles distinctive plate development fund and
shall be used for the production, design, advertising and marketing of
distinctive license plates pursuant to such section ninety-five-g;
provided, however, that annual service charges collected in excess of
six thousand dollars shall be deposited to the credit of the
"veteran's outreach center fund" established pursuant to section
ninety-nine-t of the state finance law and shall be used for grants to
the Veteran's Outreach Center, Inc. in Rochester, New York for the
provision of comprehensive veterans' outreach services pursuant to
such section ninety-nine-t of the state finance law. Section 2:
Amends the state finance law by adding a new section 99-t to read:
Veteran's outreach center fund. 1. There is hereby established in the
joint custody of the commissioner of taxation and finance and the
comptroller, a special fund to be known as the veteran's outreach
center fund. 2. Such fund shall consist of all revenues received
pursuant to the provisions of section four hundred four-w of the
vehicle and traffic law, all revenues received pursuant to an
appropriation by the legislature and all other moneys appropriated,
credited, or transferred thereto from any other fund or source
pursuant to law. Nothing contained herein shall prevent the state from
receiving grants, gifts, or bequests for the purposes of the fund as
defined in this section and depositing them into the fund according to
law. 3. Monies of the fund shall be expended only for veteran's
outreach services and projects. As used in this section, "veteran's
outreach services" means comprehensive outreach programs for veterans
and their families provided by a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit charitable
corporation, with a voluntary board, which seeks to assess veterans'
needs, manage their care and help them solve their problems. The text
of the bill also provides a listing of some of the programs which the
Veteran's outreach services include, but does not limit the services
to those listed. Section 3: Sets the effective date.

JUSTIFICA TION: This legislation would provide another avenue to raise
revenue to help fund the valuable services that Veteran's Outreach
Organizations provide. Veteran's Outreach Organizations provide career
building, benefit assistance, counseling advocacy and education among
other services. They are an important resource for our veterans. Thus,
this license plate legislation would not only honor our veterans, but
help create a new revenue stream for the Veteran's Outreach Center of
Rochester, New York.

2005-2006: S.5024-C - Passed both houses, Veto Memo 234; 2007-2008 -

To be determined.

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become law.
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