senate Bill S2226A

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

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  • 14 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.336
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2226A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 19 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 19 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2226B
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.649
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Summary

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

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1753B
Versions:
S2226
S2226A
S2226B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§502, 490 & 508, V & T L; amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S6411B, A10750, S6411B
2013-2014: S2226A

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BILL NUMBER:S2226A

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 via email,
telephone, or mail.

Section 490 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 non-driver identification card 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.

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, Vets Connect 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, telephone, and mail.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect one day after it shall have become a law.
Provided, however, that effective immediately any actions necessary to
implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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

                                 2226--A
    Cal. No. 336

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.   RIVERA,   LARKIN,   DIAZ,   DILAN,   GIANARIS,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --
  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second
  report,  ordered  to  a  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
  retaining its place in the order of third reading

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.  Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, is amended by
adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR VETERANS.  IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS
FOR LICENSE APPLICATIONS UNDER SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO
ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE  UNITED
STATES  AND  RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM
UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS, 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  SERVED
IN  THE ARMED FORCES 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 VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".  PROOF OF VETERAN  STATUS  SHALL  BE
DEMONSTRATED  IN THE SAME MANNER REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO RECEIVE
A VETERAN NOTATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY  OF  THIS  CHAPTER AND PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH  MAY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05515-08-3

S. 2226--A                          2

CONSIST  OF  A  CERTIFICATE  OF  RELEASE  OR  DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE DUTY
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO A DD FORM 214 OR OTHER PROOF  SATISFACTORY
TO THE COMMISSIONER.
  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 WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF
THE UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE  OR  WAS  RELEASED
THEREFROM  UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS 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 SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES 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, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". 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  regu-
lations.  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  commis-
sioner  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.  Subdivision  3 of section 490 of the vehicle and traffic law is
amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D) IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS  PROVIDED
ON  THE APPLICATION AND THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL TO ENABLE ANY APPLI-
CANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES  AND
RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER HONOR-
ABLE CONDITIONS TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION  OF
VETERANS'  AFFAIRS  BY  EMAIL,  TELEPHONE  OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO
WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON
THE APPLICATION AND APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX,  YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES 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, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".
  S 4. Section 508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:

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  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, WHICH INCLUDE  EMAIL  ADDRESS,
TELEPHONE  NUMBER  AND/OR  MAILING  ADDRESS,  OF  AN APPLICANT WHO WAS A
MEMBER  OF  THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONOR-
ABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS  AND
WHO  REQUESTS TO RECEIVE BENEFIT INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE-A OR PARAGRAPH (A) OF  SUBDIVI-
SION SIX OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWO OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S  5.  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-A  OR  PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIVE
HUNDRED TWO OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW TO RETRIEVE NAME AND  CONTACT
INFORMATION  OF  APPLICANTS  WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE
UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THERE-
FROM UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR OR  RENEWING  THEIR
DRIVER'S  LICENSES  AND  WHO REQUEST TO BE CONTACTED BY THE DIVISION VIA
EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY MAY  BE  ENTI-
TLED.
  S  6.  Subdivision 3 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as
amended by chapter 458 of the laws  of  2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  Application  for  learner's permit. An application for a learner's
permit shall be included in the application for a license.  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO ENABLE
ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED  STATES
AND  RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE  DISCHARGE  OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER
HONORABLE CONDITIONS, TO REGISTER OR RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE  DIVI-
SION  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  SERVED  IN
THE  ARMED  FORCES  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 VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".  PROOF OF VETERAN  STATUS  SHALL  BE
DEMONSTRATED  IN THE SAME MANNER REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO RECEIVE
A VETERAN NOTATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY  OF  THIS  CHAPTER AND PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH  MAY
CONSIST  OF  A  CERTIFICATE  OF  RELEASE  OR  DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE DUTY
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO A DD FORM 214 OR OTHER PROOF  SATISFACTORY
TO  THE COMMISSIONER. A learner's permit shall be issued in such form as
the commissioner shall determine but shall  not  be  issued  unless  the
applicant  has  successfully  passed  the  vision  test required by this
section and the test set forth in paragraph (a) of subdivision  four  of
this  section  with  respect  to laws relating to traffic and ability to
read and comprehend traffic signs and  symbols  and  has  satisfactorily
completed  any  course required pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision
four of this section. Upon acceptance of an application for a  learner's
permit  the  commissioner  shall  provide  the applicant with a driver's
manual which includes but is not limited to the laws relating  to  traf-
fic,  the  laws  relating  to and physiological effects of driving while
ability impaired and driving while intoxicated, the law  for  exercising
due  care  to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or standing author-

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ized emergency vehicle or hazard  vehicle  pursuant  to  section  eleven
hundred  forty-four-a of this chapter, explanations of traffic signs and
symbols and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe.
  S  7. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
law. Provided, however, that effective immediately any actions necessary
to implement the provisions of  this  act  on  its  effective  date  are
authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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