senate Bill S6547

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to authorizing the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star

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Feb 04, 2014 referred to transportation

S6547 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5451
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง404-x, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3391, A4113
2009-2010: S4828, A5367

S6547 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star and their spouses.

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BILL NUMBER:S6547

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation
to authorizing distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze
or Silver star

PURPOSE:

To provide distinctive license plates which recognize veterans who have
earned the Bronze Star or the Silver Star.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Adds new sec. 404-x to the Vehicle and Traffic Law providing distinctive
license plates which read "Bronze Star Recipient" or "Silver Star Recip-
ient". Includes provisions equivalent to other special license plates
for veterans, including authorization for plates in the name of the
spouse of the veteran and provision for a one-time $10 service charge.

EXISTING LAW:

The Vehicle and Traffic Law currently provides for numerous special
license plates for veterans and their families, such as Congressional
Medal of Honor (sec. 401 and 404p), former Prisoners of War (sec.
404-c), members of Organized Militia (sec. 404-d), Purple Heart recipi-
ents (sec. 404-e), Jewish War veterans (sec. 404-h), Gold Star Mothers
(sec. 404-i), Peal Harbor attack survivors (sec. 404-j), and Marine
Corps League members (sec. 404-k).

JUSTIFICATION:

As our Nation continues to recognize and honor our veterans, there are
many with justifiable pride in their military service and honors. The
Silver Star and the Bronze Star are military awards for meritorious
service, and recognize achievement on the part of the veteran who is so
honored. Establishment of distinctive license plates would enable
members of the public to identify these heroes, and to accord them
recognition and honor.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.8531A/S 3565A in 2005-06,
A.3586/S.1658 in 2003-04,
A.9983/S6345 in 2002. Passed Senate in 2004 and 2005.
A9946 - 2008
A5367 - (2009- 2010)
A 4113 of 2011-12

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

The Department of Motor Vehicles has determined that there will be "no
significant revenue impact" and that the cost will be "negligible". The

veteran pays a $10 fee to defray the initial cost of producing the
special plate. This Department will be allocated $5,000 to offset
production costs.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

180 days after becoming a law.

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

                                  6547

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 4, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  authorizing
  distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star

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

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 404-x to read as follows:
  S  404-X.  DISTINCTIVE PLATES FOR BRONZE OR SILVER STAR RECIPIENTS. 1.
ANY RECIPIENT OF A BRONZE STAR OR A SILVER STAR RESIDING IN  THIS  STATE
OR  THE  SPOUSE  OF  ANY SUCH RECIPIENT SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A
LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT" OR "SILVER  STAR
RECIPIENT".  IF A DISTINCTIVE PLATE IS ISSUED TO A BRONZE OR SILVER STAR
RECIPIENT  PURSUANT  TO THIS SECTION, SUCH A DISTINCTIVE PLATE SHALL NOT
BE ISSUED TO THE SPOUSE OF SUCH RECIPIENT. APPLICATION FOR SAID  LICENSE
PLATE  SHALL  BE  FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE.
  2. THE DISTINCTIVE PLATE AUTHORIZED HEREIN SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF,
SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT OR  THE  SPOUSE  OF
THE APPLICANT IS A BRONZE OR SILVER STAR RECIPIENT.
  3. A DISTINCTIVE PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED
IN  THE  SAME  MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR
REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE,
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT AN ADDITIONAL ONE-TIME  SERVICE  CHARGE  OF  TEN
DOLLARS  SHALL  BE  CHARGED FOR SUCH PLATE.  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ONE
YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS IN  THE  AMOUNT  OF
FIVE  THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH THEREOF AS MAY BE AVAILABLE, SHALL BE
ALLOCATED  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT  TO  OFFSET  COSTS  ASSOCIATED  WITH  THE
PRODUCTION OF SUCH LICENSE PLATES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02550-01-3

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