Provides space on a driver's license for health care proxy information.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to health care proxy information on driver's licenses
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to amend the information that may be listed on a driver's license to allow New Yorkers who have completed a health care proxy form to specify their designated health care agent's name and contact information.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would amend paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehicle and traffic law.
JUSTIFICATION: Individuals deserve to have their health care wishes honored, yet a large majority of New York residents do not have a health care proxy for times when they cannot express their health care preferences. As a result, their wishes are often unknown, and they might be given medical treatment that they would not want or not be given treatment that matches their choices. New Yorkers who have completed health care proxy forms should be empowered to list their health care agent's name and contact information on their driver's license, and allowing this option will encourage others to complete the proxy form.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2613 of 2011-2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1299 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 health care proxy information on driver's licenses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as separately amended by chapters 568 and 639 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: (a) Every license or renewal thereof shall contain a distinguishing mark and adequate space upon which an anatomical gift, pursuant to section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law, by the licen- see shall be recorded and shall contain such other information and shall be issued in such form as the commissioner shall determine; provided, however, every license or renewal thereof issued to a person under the age of twenty-one years shall have prominently imprinted upon it the statement "UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE" in notably distinctive print or format; provided further, however, every license or renewal thereof issued to a person making an anatomical gift shall have prominently printed upon the front of such license or renewal thereof the statement "ORGAN DONOR" in notably distinctive print or format; AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT EVERY LICENSE SHALL HAVE IMPRINTED ON THE BACK, "IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED A HEALTH CARE PROXY FORM, YOU MAY LIST YOUR HEALTH CARE AGENT HERE:" FOLLOWED BY SPACE FOR THE HEALTH CARE AGENT'S NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION. The commissioner shall not require fees for the issuance of such licenses or renewals thereof to persons under twenty- one years of age or to persons making an anatomical gift which are different from the fees required for the issuance of licenses or renewals thereof to persons twenty-one years of age or over or to persons not making an anatomical gift. 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. LBD04190-01-3