senate Bill S6411

Amended

Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license

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  • 06 / Feb / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 23 / Feb / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 23 / Feb / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6411A
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1104
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6411B
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6411
S6411A
S6411B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§502, 490 & 508, V & T L; amd §353, Exec L

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BILL NUMBER:S6411

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend
the vehicle and traffic law and the executive law, in relation to
enabling veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or
renewing a driver's license

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or
renewing a driver's license.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the
application for a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a
veteran of the military or naval service of the United States to
register to receive information ,from the division of veterans'
affairs by email or telephone regarding benefits to which such
applicant may be entitled.

Section 502 of the VTL is amended to ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the application for the renewal
of a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a veteran of the
military or naval service of the United States to register to receive
information from the division of veterans' affairs by email or
telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may be entitled.

Section 508 of the VTL is amended ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles appoints agents to collect, store and make available to the
division of veterans' affairs the name and contact information of a
veteran applicant who requests to receive benefit information from
the division of veteran affairs.

Section 353 of the executive law referencing the general functions,
powers and duties of the division of veteran affairs is amended to
include coordinating with the department of motor vehicles to
retrieve the name and veterans who are applying for or renewing their
driver's licenses and who request to be contacted by the division.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation would allow veterans to voluntarily identify their
veteran status when applying for or renewing their driver's license.
At no cost to taxpayers, VetsConnect utilizes the DMV as an intake
point to gather information on veterans not currently in the state
system. The department of motor vehicles collects, stores, and makes
this information available to the
division of veteran affairs which would provide information about the
benefits to which they may be entitled.


NYS Department of Motor Vehicles would work with the Division of
Veteran Affairs to share information to relay benefit updates for the
veterans. The information gathering would happen when veterans go to
apply for or renew their drivers license. By checking a box on the
application indicating they are a veteran of naval forces or military
they are also giving the department of motor vehicles permission to
share information with the division of veteran affairs and have
information distributed to him or her via email or telephone.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the
amendments to subdivision 1 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic
law made by section two of this act shall take effect on the same
date and in the same manner as section 2 of part CC of chapter 58 of
the laws of 2011, takes effect when upon such date the provisions of
section one of this act shall be deemed repealed.

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

                                  6411

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 6, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. RIVERA, DIAZ -- 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 and the  executive  law,  in
  relation  to  enabling  veterans  to  receive benefit information upon
  applying for or renewing a driver's license

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic
law, as amended by section 2 of part CC of chapter 58  of  the  laws  of
2011, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  Application  for license. Application for a driver's license shall
be made to the commissioner. The fee prescribed by law may be  submitted
with such application. The applicant shall furnish such proof of identi-
ty, age, and fitness as may be required by the commissioner. The commis-
sioner may also provide that the application procedure shall include the
taking  of  a  photo image or images of the applicant in accordance with
rules and regulations prescribed by the commissioner. In  addition,  the
commissioner  also  shall  require that the applicant provide his or her
social security number and provide space on the application so that  the
applicant  may  register  in  the  New York state organ and tissue donor
registry under section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law.
IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE
APPLICATION TO ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO IS A VETERAN OF THE MILITARY  OR
NAVAL  SERVICE  OF  THE UNITED STATES TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION
FROM THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR  TELEPHONE  REGARDING
BENEFITS  TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING
IS STATED ON THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX,  YOU  CERTIFY  THAT
YOU  ARE A VETERAN OF THE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES
AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF  MOTOR  VEHICLES  TO  SHARE
YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS
TO  ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL OR
TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". In addition,
an applicant for a  commercial  driver's  license  who  will  operate  a
commercial  motor vehicle in interstate commerce shall certify that such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13564-02-2

S. 6411                             2

applicant meets the requirements to operate a commercial motor  vehicle,
as  set  forth in public law 99-570, title XII, and title 49 of the code
of federal regulations, and all regulations promulgated  by  the  United
States  secretary of transportation under the hazardous materials trans-
portation act. In addition,  an  applicant  for  a  commercial  driver's
license shall submit a medical certificate at such intervals as required
by  the  federal  motor  carrier safety improvement act of 1999 and Part
383.71(h) of title 49 of the code of  federal  regulations  relating  to
medical  certification  and  in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.
For purposes of this section and sections five hundred  three  and  five
hundred ten-a of this title, the term "medical certificate" shall mean a
form  substantially  in  compliance  with  the  form  set  forth in Part
391.43(h) of title 49 of the code of federal regulations. Upon a  deter-
mination  that  the holder of a commercial driver's license has made any
false statement, with respect to the application for such  license,  the
commissioner shall revoke such license.
  S  2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehicle and
traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59 of the laws
of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) A license issued pursuant to  subdivision  five  of  this  section
shall  be valid until the expiration date contained thereon, unless such
license is suspended, revoked or cancelled. Such license may be  renewed
by  submission of an application for renewal, the fee prescribed by law,
proofs of prior licensing, fitness and acceptable vision  prescribed  by
the  commissioner,  the  applicant's  social  security  number,  and  if
required by the commissioner a photo image  of  the  applicant  in  such
numbers  and form as the commissioner shall prescribe.  IN ADDITION, THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION  FOR
RENEWAL  TO  ENABLE  ANY  APPLICANT  WHO IS A VETERAN OF THE MILITARY OR
NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES TO REGISTER  TO  RECEIVE  INFORMATION
FROM  THE  DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING
BENEFITS TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE  FOLLOWING
IS  STATED  ON  THE  APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU ARE A VETERAN OF THE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE  OF  THE
UNITED  STATES  AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHI-
CLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION  WITH  THE  DIVISION  OF
VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT
YOU  VIA EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTI-
TLED". In addition, an applicant for renewal of a license  containing  a
hazardous  material endorsement shall pass an examination to retain such
endorsement. The commissioner shall, with respect to the  renewal  of  a
hazardous  materials  endorsement,  comply with the requirements imposed
upon states by sections 383.141 and 1572.13 of title 49 of the  code  of
federal  regulations.  A  renewal of such license shall be issued by the
commissioner upon approval of such  application,  except  that  no  such
license  shall  be issued if its issuance would be inconsistent with the
provisions of section five hundred sixteen of  this  title,  and  except
that  the commissioner may refuse to renew such license if the applicant
is the holder of a currently valid or renewable license to drive  issued
by another state or foreign country unless the applicant surrenders such
license.
  S 3. Section 508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL APPOINT AGENTS TO ACT ON HIS OR HER BEHALF
TO COLLECT, STORE AND  MAKE  AVAILABLE  TO  THE  DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  THE  NAME  AND  CONTACT  INFORMATION OF A VETERAN APPLICANT WHO

S. 6411                             3

REQUESTS TO RECEIVE BENEFIT INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OR PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION SIX
OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWO OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S  4.  Section  353  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 21 to read as follows:
  21. TO COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR  VEHICLES  PURSUANT  TO
SUBDIVISION  ONE  OR  PARAGRAPH  (A)  OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIVE
HUNDRED TWO OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW TO RETRIEVE NAME AND  CONTACT
INFORMATION  OF VETERANS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR OR RENEWING THEIR DRIVER'S
LICENSES AND WHO REQUEST TO BE CONTACTED BY THE DIVISION  VIA  EMAIL  OR
TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY MAY BE ENTITLED.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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