BILL NUMBER: S779
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law,
in relation to creating the "stop prostate cancer" distinctive license
plate program and applying the revenues raised from the new program to
the purposes of the prostate and testicular cancer research and
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in
American men. By permitting the issuance of license plates with the
phrase "stop prostate cancer," this legislation would not only raise
awareness of the disease, but also increase funding for needed
prostate cancer research.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: (1) adds a new section 404-x to the Vehicle and Traffic
Law, which would permit a person to be issued a distinctive license
plate bearing the phrase "stop prostate cancer" in support of prostate
cancer and testicular cancer research. Application shall be filed
with the commissioner in form and detail as the commissioner shall
(2) annual service charge of $25 will be charged for these distinctive
license plates. $20 of the $25 received as the annual service charge
shall be deposited to the credit of the "prostate and testicular
cancer research and education fund" established pursuant to section
97-ccc of the state Finance Law and shall be used for purposes of the
fund. After one year, funds in the amount of $7,500 or so much as may
be available, shall be allocated to the Department of Motor Vehicles
to offset costs associated with the production of such license plates.
Section 2: amends 97-ccc (2) of the state Finance Law, which
establishes the prostate and testicular cancer research and education
fund. Provides that all revenues generated from the issuance of the
distinctive license plates are received by this fund and used for
scientific research or educational projects into the causes, treatment
and prevention of prostate and testicular cancer upon the
recommendation of the health research science board.
EXISTING LAW :
None relative to distinctive license plates.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men,
excluding skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths,
after lung cancer. In 2003, an estimated 220,900 men in the United
States were diagnosed with prostate cancer and an estimated 28,900 men
died of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. The
incidence rates of prostate cancer have nearly doubled from rates 20
years ago. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be
about 232,090 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in
2005. About 30,350 men will die of this disease. While 1 man in 6 will
get prostate cancer during his lifetime, only 1 man in 33 will die of
this disease. The death rate for prostate cancer is going down. And
the disease is being found earlier as well.
As with any cancer, the key to survival is early detection and
treatment. Therefore, additional funding is needed to finance
campaigns to increase the awareness of the need to be checked for
prostate cancer and the dangers associated with the disease as well as
the research into new treatments. This legislation would not only
increase awareness of the disease by advertising the need to address
prostate cancer on individual's license plates, but also raise money
to fund needed research of the disease.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 - Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None; the State will be reimbursed for the cost of making the license
EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become
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