assembly Bill A8716

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Establishes the "atomic veterans medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of atomic weapons tests

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to veterans' affairs
Jun 04, 2009 referred to veterans' affairs


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A8716 - Details

Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§247 & 243, Mil L; amd §85, Civ Serv L; amd §503, Ed L; amd §§2, 302 & 1000, R & SS L; amd §§458 & 458-a, RPT L; amd §353, Exec L

A8716 - Summary

Enacts the "atomic veterans act of 2009" by establishing the "atomic veterans medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of atomic weapons tests conducted by the United State between 1945 and 1963; grants veterans and disabled veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation during atomic weapons tests conducted by the United States between 1945 and 1963, the same rights granted to other veterans and disabled veterans; directs the division of veterans' affairs to identify veterans exposed to ionizing radiation during atomic weapons tests between 1945 and 1963, and their surviving spouses; directs such division to provide assistance to the veterans and their surviving spouses in filing claims under the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

A8716 - Sponsor Memo

A8716 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              June 4, 2009

  NOUGH,  GIGLIO, RAIA, WALKER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CROUCH,
  FINCH, MOLINARO, O'MARA -- read once and referred to the Committee  on
  Veterans' Affairs

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  military  law, in relation to providing for the
  "atomic veterans medal" to be granted to certain veterans  exposed  to
  ionizing  radiation  as a result of atomic weapons tests; to amend the
  civil service law, the education law, the military law, the retirement
  and social security law and the real property tax law, in relation  to
  atomic  veterans;  and  to  amend  the  executive  law, in relation to
  directing the division of veterans' affairs to provide  assistance  to
  atomic veterans and their spouses


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "atomic veterans act of 2009".
  S 2. Subdivisions 1-a and 4 of section 247 of the military law, subdi-
vision  1-a  as added and subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 184 of the
laws of 1998, are amended and a new subdivision 1-b is added to read  as
  1-a.  The  governor is hereby authorized to present in the name of the
legislature of the state of New York, a military decoration, to be known
as the "conspicuous  service  star",  bearing  a  suitable  inscription,
device,  and  ribbon,  all  of which shall be of suitable design, to any
person (i) who is a citizen of the state of New York or (ii) who  was  a
citizen  of  the  state of New York while serving in the armed forces of
the United States, and who, while serving in  the  United  States  Armed
Forces,  defined as army, air force, navy, marine corps, or coast guard,
has, or shall have received a United States unit level decoration denot-
ing combat participation and foreign unit awards, issued from a company,
regimental, brigade, or division commander, or equivalent naval unit, or

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


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