S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
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
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.
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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-
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.