senate Bill S2925A

Establishes distinctive "I love NYS parks" license plates and "New York state park revolving fund"

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  • 03 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 2925A

Summary

Establishes distinctive "I love NYS parks" license plates and "New York state parks revolving fund."

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1705A
Versions:
S2925
S2925A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §404-x, V & T L; add §99-u, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7055, A10064

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BILL NUMBER:S2925A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing
distinctive "I love NYS parks" license plates; and to amend the
state finance law, in relation to establishing the New York state parks
revolving fund

PURPOSE:
To create a distinctive plate that reads "I" Love NYS PARKS" in order to
create another source of funding for New York State Parks.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Amends the vehicle and traffic law to create a distinctive
"I" Love NYS PARKS" license plate. An additional service fee of $25 shall
be charged for such plates and funds collected shall be used for
state parks; provided that one year after the effective date of this
section $5,000 (or so much thereof as may be available) shall be
allotted to offset the cost of such plates.

Section 2 - Establishes the New York State Parks Revolving Fund under
joint custody of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance and the
comptroller. Also mandates the money collected be used only for state
parks.

JUSTIFICATION:
Recreational activities in parks are vitally important to residents of
New York State, especially in this difficult economy. People cannot
afford vacations and choose to stay locally visiting our State Parks.
Additionally, parks provided 52 million New Yorkers with important and
irreplaceable recreational opportunities in 2008. New York's State
Parks offer hiking and jogging trails, fishing, swimming, boating,
kayaking, cross country skiing, hunting, photography, soccer,
cricket, softball, baseball, windsurfing, model airplane flying, bird
watching, horseback riding, cultural events, historical appreciation,
environmental education, camping and more. Instead of closing our
parks we should be thinking of creative ways to keep them open. This
legislation will establish a method for those concerned about keeping
our State Parks open by contributing to a fund where distinctive
license plates can be purchased stating "I" Love NYS PARKS." The funds
collected will be used solely to fund New York State parks.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.7055/A.10064

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,
amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the
implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be
made on or before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2925--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. JOHNSON, GRISANTI, O'MARA, SEWARD -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Transportation  --  recommitted  to the Committee on Transportation in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing
  distinctive "I love NYS parks" license plates; and to amend the  state
  finance  law,  in  relation  to  establishing the New York state parks
  revolving fund

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  vehicle  and  traffic law is amended by adding a new
section 404-x to read as follows:
  S 404-X. DISTINCTIVE "I LOVE NYS PARKS" LICENSE PLATES. 1.  ANY PERSON
RESIDING IN THIS STATE SHALL UPON REQUEST BE  ISSUED  A  DISTINCTIVE  "I
LOVE  NYS PARKS" LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE PHRASE "I LOVE ("LOVE" DEMON-
STRATED BY A RED HEART) NYS PARKS". APPLICATION FOR SAID LICENSE  PLATES
SHALL  BE  FILED  WITH  THE  COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE.
  2. ANY 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 PLATE. 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  NEW  YORK  STATE
PARKS  REVOLVING  FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-NINE-U OF THE STATE
FINANCE LAW, AND SHALL BE USED  FOR  NEW  YORK  STATE  PARKS.  PROVIDED,
HOWEVER,  THAT  ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS
IN THE AMOUNT OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH  THEREOF  AS  MAY  BE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02369-02-2

S. 2925--A                          2

AVAILABLE  SHALL BE ALLOCATED FROM SUCH FUND TO THE DEPARTMENT TO OFFSET
COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH LICENSE PLATE.
  S  2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-u to
read as follows:
  S 99-U. NEW YORK STATE PARKS REVOLVING FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB-
LISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND  FINANCE
AND  THE  COMPTROLLER, A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "NEW YORK STATE
PARKS REVOLVING FUND".
  2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED  PURSUANT  TO  THE
PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-X OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW
AND ALL OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CREDITED, OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM
ANY  OTHER  FUND  OR  SOURCE  PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS
SECTION 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 NEW YORK STATE PARKS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on  or
before such effective date.

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