senate Bill S475

Authorizes distinctive license plates for veterans who served in the Afghanistan conflict

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Authorizes distinctive license plates for veterans who served in the Afghanistan conflict or the spouse of any such veteran; defines Afghanistan conflict veteran; provides that an additional one time service charge of ten dollars shall be charged for such plate.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6928
Versions:
S475
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 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S2399

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BILL NUMBER:S475

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the
issuance of distinctive plates for veterans of the Afghanistan
conflict

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Any veteran who resides in this State shall upon request, be issued a
license plate bearing the words "Afghanistan Conflict Veteran."
Application for the license plate shall be filed with the Commissioner
of Motor Vehicles in such form and detail as the Commissioner shall
prescribe.

The distinctive plate shall be issued upon proof, satisfactory to the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

JUSTIFICATION:
From the earliest days of the colonial period to the present, men and
women have served as under appreciated heroes in every war and
countless "unofficial" skirmishes and conflicts throughout the history
of our nation. The issuance of distinctive license plates is a small
way to recognize the contributions of veterans' participation in
conflicts large and small, from the earliest days of unrest to the
present day operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as recognizing their
services during peacetime. These veterans are proud of their
participation in combat and should have the opportunity, like
countless others who have served our country, to demonstrate that
pride. We should commemorate those who have made contributions or set
precedents for future public service, as well as honor those who on a
daily basis protect the rights and freedoms of our nation and state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.1969 of 2005/2006
S.593 of 2007/2008
S2399 of 2009/2010

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which is shall have become a law.

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

                                   475

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 the issuance
  of distinctive plates for veterans of the Afghanistan conflict

  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 AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT VETERANS. 1.  ANY
AFGHANISTAN  CONFLICT  VETERAN  OR THE SPOUSE OF ANY SUCH VETERAN SHALL,
UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE  WORDS  "AFGHANISTAN
CONFLICT  VETERAN". IF A DISTINCTIVE PLATE IS ISSUED TO A VETERAN PURSU-
ANT TO THIS SECTION, SUCH A DISTINCTIVE PLATE SHALL NOT BE ISSUED TO THE
SPOUSE OF SUCH VETERAN. APPLICATION FOR  SUCH  LICENSE  PLATE  SHALL  BE
FILED  WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL PRESCRIBE.
  2. THE DISTINCTIVE PLATE AUTHORIZED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION
SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF, SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER,  THAT  THE
APPLICANT  OR  THE  SPOUSE  OF  THE APPLICANT IS AN AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
VETERAN.
  3. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,  "AFGHANISTAN  CONFLICT  VETERAN"
SHALL  MEAN  A PERSON WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO SERVED IN THE
ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE HOSTILITIES  THAT  OCCURRED  IN
AFGHANISTAN  COMMENCING ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF OCTOBER, TWO THOUSAND ONE,
AND WERE HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY.
  4. 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.  SUCH SERVICE CHARGE SHALL BE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00312-02-1

S. 475                              2

DEPOSITED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-OO  OF
THIS  ARTICLE TO THE CREDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DISTINC-
TIVE PLATE DEVELOPMENT FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G OF  THE
STATE  FINANCE  LAW AND SHALL BE USED FOR THE PRODUCTION, DESIGN, ADVER-
TISING AND MARKETING OF DISTINCTIVE  LICENSE  PLATES  PURSUANT  TO  SUCH
SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G.
  5.  NOTHING  CONTAINED  HEREIN SHALL REQUIRE THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL
NUMBER PLATE UNDER THIS SECTION UNLESS  THE  COMMISSIONER  IS  SATISFIED
THAT  THE  AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES COLLECTED PURSUANT
TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION WILL BE SUFFICIENT  TO  RECOVER  THE
COSTS OF THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF SUCH SPECIAL PLATES.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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