senate Bill S2878

Allows certain veterans to ride public transportation free of charge

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 24 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Summary

Allows veterans who performed military service during a period of war to ride public transportation free of charge for the year immediately after his or her return to this state.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5909
Versions:
S2878
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง245-a, Mil L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4153, A1657
2009-2010: A7625, A7625
2007-2008: A5808, A5808

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2878

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the military law, in relation to allow-
ing certain veterans to ride public transportation free of charge

PURPOSE: To allow Honorably Discharged Veterans who served in a period
of war to receive--free of charge--rides from every transportation
provider in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new Section 245-a is added to the Military Law
to provide that for a period of one year commencing after an honorable
discharge, a Veteran is entitled to receive 'free' rides on every trans-
portation provider utilizing public funds in New York State. The Commis-
sioner of the Department of Transportation is authorized to promulgate
regulations to carry this legislative initiative into effect.

JUSTIFICATION: It is quite clear that, at least in this life, we will
never be able to adequately reward our Veterans for their years of abso-
lutely purposeful sacrifice and forthrightly honorable service, not only
to our country and state, but to every individual constituent part ther-
ein. It is entirely reasonable to extend this small modicum of courtesy,
i.e., free public transportation for one year, to our War Veterans.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.4153 of 2012; Re Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military
Affairs

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: On the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have
become law.

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

                                  2878

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SMITH  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the military law, in relation to allowing certain veter-
  ans to ride public transportation free of charge

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

  Section  1.  The military law is amended by adding a new section 245-a
to read as follows:
  S 245-A. FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION; CERTAIN WAR VETERANS.    NOTWITH-
STANDING  ANY  OTHER  PROVISIONS  OF LAW OR THE TERMS OF ANY CONTRACT, A
RESIDENT OF THE STATE WHO IS A HONORABLY DISCHARGED MEMBER OF ANY BRANCH
OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO PERFORMED MILITARY  SERVICE
DURING A PERIOD OF WAR SHALL BE ENTITLED, FOR THE YEAR IMMEDIATELY AFTER
HIS OR HER RETURN TO THIS STATE FROM SUCH MILITARY SERVICE, TO RIDE FREE
OF  CHARGE  ON  EVERY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER IN THIS STATE. THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF TRANSPORTATION IS  AUTHORIZED  TO  PROMULGATE  REGULATIONS  TO
CARRY  OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,
"TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR NOT-FOR-PRO-
FIT ENTITY UTILIZING PUBLIC FUNDS TO  PROVIDE  OR  CONTRACT  FOR  PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR SPECIF-
IC CLIENT GROUPS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
effective date.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07237-01-3

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