senate Bill S6719

Creates a state trooper highway memorial task force to provide for the recognition of members of the division of state police who have died in the line of duty

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  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Creates a state trooper highway memorial task force to develop and establish guidelines for recognition of members of the division of state police who have died in the line of duty; provides such recognition shall be by means of dedicating a portion of the state highway system, or the placement of a memorial plaque or marker along a state highway.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8847
Versions:
S6719
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง340-e, Hway L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S698, A1105
2009-2010: S1249, A3183
2007-2008: A10429

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BILL NUMBER:S6719

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to
creating a state trooper highway memorial task force

PURPOSE: To create a State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force to
honor those troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 describes the legislative intent of the bill.

Section 2 amends the highway law to add section 340-e, which creates
the State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force and provides the Task
Force with the honor of establishing guidelines for how state troopers
who have given their lives in the line of duty should be memorialized.

Section 3 establishes that the Commissioner of Transportation is
responsible for the installation and maintenance of memorial signs and
that such designation will not alter the official name of the highway.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will recognize the importance of the
state police who have nobly sacrificed their lives for the people of
this State. The recognition which shall be bestowed by this Task Force
will be a daily reminder for those traveling along a state highway of
their friends, family, and neighbors who have proudly served in our
state police force and will show appreciation for those who have
fallen in the line of duty.

Furthermore, the mission of the State Trooper Highway Memorial Task
Force will be to develop and establish guidelines for recognition of
members of the Division of State Police who have died in the line of
duty while providing an organizational method by which these memorials
are created, By including the Commissioner of Transportation or his or
her designee and the Superintendent of State Police on the Task Force
to approve such requests, a safe and effective method with
consideration to traffic flow will be established as to where these
memorials are placed.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.698 - Passed Senate; A.1105 - Died
in Transportation 2009-2010: A.3183 - Died in Transportation 2008:
S.7159 - Passed Senate; A 10429 - Died in Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Nominal cost to the state for signs. However,
such memorials currently exist throughout the state and new ones
continue to be designated each year through individual legislative
bills. Those bills state that the Commissioner of Transportation shall
provide further installation and maintenance of adequate signage of
the state highway system as designated by law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  6719

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to creating a state trooper
  highway memorial task force

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

  Section  1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature to
provide a mechanism to enhance recognition for  fallen  members  of  the
state  police who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
It shall be the charge of the task force created by this act to  develop
a  procedure  for recognition of these dedicated men and women. Further-
more, this act is intended to define  safe  and  acceptable  methods  of
placing  memorials  along  the highways of this state that appropriately
pay tribute to their service and preserve their memory forever.
  S 2. The highway law is amended by adding a new section 340-e to  read
as follows:
  S  340-E.  STATE  TROOPER  HIGHWAY  MEMORIAL  TASK FORCE. 1. THE STATE
TROOPER HIGHWAY MEMORIAL TASK FORCE IS HEREBY CREATED TO BE COMPRISED OF
THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE,  THE  SUPERINTENDENT  OF  STATE
POLICE  OR  HIS  OR  HER DESIGNEE, AND A MEMBER OF THE POLICE BENEVOLENT
ASSOCIATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE TROOPERS, INC.
  2. WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE  TASK
FORCE  SHALL DEVELOP AND ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR RECOGNITION OF MEMBERS
OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.  SUCH
RECOGNITION MAY BE IN THE FORM OF THE DEDICATION OF A PORTION OF A STATE
HIGHWAY  AND/OR  THE  PLACEMENT  OF  A MEMORIAL PLAQUE OR MARKER ALONG A
STATE HIGHWAY. ANY PLACEMENT OF A MEMORIAL  PLAQUE  OR  MARKER  ALONG  A
STATE  HIGHWAY  SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO ENSURE THE SAFE
AND EFFECTIVE TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG HIGHWAYS IN THIS STATE.
  3. ANY PERSON MAY SUBMIT TO THE STATE TROOPER  HIGHWAY  MEMORIAL  TASK
FORCE,  IN  WRITING,  A  PETITION  SEEKING RECOGNITION OF MEMBERS OF THE
DIVISION OF STATE POLICE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
SUCH PETITION SHALL BE IN SUCH FORM AND CONTAIN SUCH INFORMATION AS  THE
TASK  FORCE  MAY  REQUIRE. UPON THE RECEIPT OF A PETITION THE TASK FORCE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11701-02-4

S. 6719                             2

SHALL CONSIDER THE REQUEST AND ADVISE THE APPLICANT, IN  WRITING,  OF  A
DECISION  ON  ANY ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF
SUCH PETITION. UPON THE ACCEPTANCE OF ANY PETITION, THE TASK FORCE SHALL
DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE FORM AND LOCATION OF THE MEMORIAL TO BE IMPLE-
MENTED.
  S  3. The commissioner of transportation shall provide for the instal-
lation and maintenance of adequate memorial plaques, markers  and  signs
along  the  state highway system as designated pursuant to section 340-e
of the highway law, as added by section two of this act; provided  that,
to avoid any confusion and to limit any possible disruption of commerce,
any  designation  called  for pursuant to such section shall be one of a
ceremonial nature and the official name of such  highway  shall  not  be
changed as a result of this act.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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