senate Bill S539

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Establishes a pilot program authorizing the department of motor vehicles to include certain emergency medical information on drivers database

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  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Apr / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Apr / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 539A
  • 03 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Establishes a pilot program directing the department of motor vehicles to establish a confidential database of the emergency medical information of drivers who elect to participate; such information would only be provided to emergency medical personnel when a participant was in need of care.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4923
Versions:
S539
S539A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §504, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S1830, A9958

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S539

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing
forms of licenses to include blood types

PURPOSE:

To provide persons holding New York State Driver's Licenses with the
opportunity to have blood type information included on the driver's
license.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

The bill would amend §504 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize
the form of a driver's license to include adequate space for a
licensee's blood type to be recorded, if the licensee so chooses. It
also authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles
to consult with the Commissioner of the Department of Health on the
inclusion of such blood type information.

EXISTING LAW:

No provision currently exists for inclusion of a licensee's blood type
upon a New York State Driver's License.

JUSTIFICATION:

Time is of the essence when emergency medical staff are treating
injuries of accident victims. One way to save valuable time is to
ensure that a person's blood type is known to rescuers and medical
personnel as soon as possible. The ABO blood group system, discovered
in 1901, contains 4 blood types: A,B,AB and O. The Rh, or rhysus,
system classifies blood into Rh-positive and Rh-negative categories.
ABO incompatibilities are the major cause of fatal transfusion
reactions; Rh antibodies develop as an adverse response after
transfusion. Typing and cross matching blood ensures a safe match,
but takes time and effort that may not be spared in an active life
saving situation. Type 0, which is 'universal donor blood', may often
be used, but is typically in very short supply.

with over 2 million traffic accidents annually and many other
incidents, accidents and rescue situations occurring regularly,
providing quick access to blood type information ensures delivery of
swift and effective aid.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2002 - A.9463 - Referred to Transportation
2004 - A.3197 - Referred to Transportation
2006 - S.3293 - Referred to Transportation
2008 - S.2233 - Referred to Transportation
2010 - S.1830 - Referred to Transportation


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal cost to DMV of including a space on licenses for blood type
information.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

365 days after enactment, with the DMV Commissioner authorized to
promulgate necessary rules and regulations immediately.

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

                                   539

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KLEIN,  BRESLIN, SAMPSON, SMITH -- 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
  forms of licenses to include blood types

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

  Section  1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehi-
cle and traffic law, as separately amended by chapters 568  and  639  of
the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
  (a)  Every  license  or renewal thereof shall contain a distinguishing
mark and adequate space upon  which  an  anatomical  gift,  pursuant  to
section  forty-three hundred ten of the public health law, by the licen-
see shall be recorded and shall contain such other information and shall
be issued in such form as the commissioner  shall  determine;  PROVIDED,
HOWEVER  THAT  EVERY  LICENSE OR RENEWAL THEREOF SHALL CONTAIN A DISTIN-
GUISHING NUMBER OR MARK AND ADEQUATE SPACE  UPON  WHICH  THE  LICENSEE'S
BLOOD  TYPE  MAY  BE  RECORDED  AT THE OPTION OF THE LICENSEE, AND SHALL
CONTAIN SUCH OTHER RELATED INFORMATION AND SHALL BE ISSUED IN SUCH  FORM
AS  THE  COMMISSIONER,  IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH,
SHALL DETERMINE; provided, however, every  license  or  renewal  thereof
issued  to  a person under the age of twenty-one years shall have promi-
nently imprinted upon it the statement "UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE" in  nota-
bly  distinctive  print  or  format;  provided  further,  however, every
license or renewal thereof issued to a person making an anatomical  gift
shall have prominently printed upon the front of such license or renewal
thereof  the  statement  "ORGAN  DONOR"  in notably distinctive print or
format. The commissioner shall not require fees for the issuance of such
licenses or renewals thereof to persons under twenty-one years of age or
to persons making an anatomical gift which are different from  the  fees

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04224-01-1

S. 539                              2

required  for  the  issuance  of licenses or renewals thereof to persons
twenty-one years of age or over or to persons not making  an  anatomical
gift.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the three hundred sixty-fifth day
after it shall have become  a  law  and  shall  apply  to  licenses  and
renewals thereof issued on or after such day. 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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