senate Bill S3391

Relates to authorizing the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star

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  • 17 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star and their spouses.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4113
Versions:
S3391
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง404-x, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S4828, A5367
2007-2008: A9946

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3391

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing
distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver
star

PURPOSE:

To provide distinctive license plates which recognize veterans who
have earned the Bronze Star or the Silver Star.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Adds a new section to the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize the
issuance of distinctive license plates which read "Bronze Star
Recipient" or "Silver Star Recipient." Includes provisions which are
applicable to other existing special license plates for veterans,
including authorization for plates in the name of the spouse of the
veteran and provision for a one-time $10 service charge.

EXISTING LAW:

The Vehicle and Traffic Law currently provides for numerous special
license plates for veterans and their families, such as Congressional
Medal of Honor recipients (sec. 404-p), former Prisoners of War (sec.
404-c), members of Organized Militia (sec. 404-d), Purple Heart
recipients (sec. 404-e), Jewish War veterans (sec. 404-h), Gold Star
Mothers (sec. 404-i), Pearl Harbor attack survivors (sec. 404-j),
Marine Corps League members (sec. 404-k), U.S. Naval Armed Guard
(sec. 404-v), Veterans of the War on Terror (sec. 404-w) and Persian
Gulf Veterans (sec. 404-w). In addition, the Department of Motor
Vehicles has administratively authorized plates honoring other
categories of veterans and military personnel.

JUSTIFICATION:

As our Nation continues to recognize and honor our veterans, there are
many people with justifiable pride in their military service and
honors. The Silver Star and the Bronze Star are military awards for
meritorious service, and recognize achievement on the part of the
veteran who is so honored. A wide variety of distinctive license
plates are already available for veterans and members of the
military, but not specifically for recipients of the Silver Star and
Bronze Star.
These individuals have been honored by their country with these
significant military awards, and it is appropriate that their service
be recognized with these special plates.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.4828 of 2009-10. The bill passed the Senate in 2005 (S.3565-A) and in
2004 (S.1658-B).


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

The Department of Motor Vehicles has determined that there will be "no
significant revenue impact" and that the cost will be "negligible."
The veteran pays a $10 fee to defray the initial cost of producing
the special plate. The Department will be allocated $5,000 to offset
production costs.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

180 days after becoming a law.

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

                                  3391

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  authorizing
  distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star

  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 PLATES FOR BRONZE OR SILVER STAR RECIPIENTS. 1.
ANY RECIPIENT OF A BRONZE STAR OR A SILVER STAR RESIDING IN  THIS  STATE
OR  THE  SPOUSE  OF  ANY SUCH RECIPIENT SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A
LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT" OR "SILVER  STAR
RECIPIENT".  IF A DISTINCTIVE PLATE IS ISSUED TO A BRONZE OR SILVER STAR
RECIPIENT  PURSUANT  TO THIS SECTION, SUCH A DISTINCTIVE PLATE SHALL NOT
BE ISSUED TO THE SPOUSE OF SUCH RECIPIENT. APPLICATION FOR SAID  LICENSE
PLATE  SHALL  BE  FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE.
  2. THE DISTINCTIVE PLATE AUTHORIZED HEREIN SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF,
SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT OR  THE  SPOUSE  OF
THE APPLICANT IS A BRONZE OR SILVER STAR RECIPIENT.
  3. A DISTINCTIVE PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED
IN  THE  SAME  MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR
REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE,
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT AN ADDITIONAL ONE-TIME  SERVICE  CHARGE  OF  TEN
DOLLARS  SHALL  BE  CHARGED FOR SUCH PLATE.  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 AVAILABLE, SHALL BE
ALLOCATED  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT  TO  OFFSET  COSTS  ASSOCIATED  WITH  THE
PRODUCTION OF SUCH LICENSE PLATES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05592-01-1

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