Bill S2515-2011

Authorizes the division of veterans' affairs to provide for the interment of the unclaimed remains of veterans

Authorizes the division of veterans' affairs to provide for the interment of the unclaimed remains of veterans.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • Jan 24, 2011: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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BILL NUMBER:S2515

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to authorizing the division of veterans' affairs to provide for the interment of the unclaimed remains of veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA: Authorizes the division of veterans' affairs to provide for the interment of the unclaimed remains of veterans.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12-a, that would provide, in cooperation of veterans service organizations, for the interment of the unclaimed remains of veterans and direct the state director to consult with veterans service organizations to analyze the scope of the issue of unclaimed remains for veterans.

JUSTIFICATION: Too often, when a veteran dies and is subsequently cremated, their remains, whether due to neglect by loved ones or lack thereof, go unclaimed and are left to sit on the shelf of mortuaries. This practice is most inappropriate considering their heroic service to our country. This legislation would ensure that the unclaimed remains of our service men and women will be rightfully interred with the dignity they deserve.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2515 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 24, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to authorizing the divi- sion of veterans' affairs to provide for the interment of the unclaimed remains of veterans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12-a to read as follows: 12-A. TO PROVIDE, IN COOPERATION WITH VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, FOR THE INTERMENT OF THE UNCLAIMED REMAINS OF VETERANS. THE STATE DIRECTOR SHALL CONSULT WITH VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS TO ANALYZE THE SCOPE OF THE ISSUE OF UNCLAIMED REMAINS OF VETERANS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "UNCLAIMED REMAINS OF A VETERAN" SHALL MEAN THE REMAINS OF A VETERAN THAT ARE CONSIDERED UNCLAIMED UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE AND/OR ANY OTHER STATE OF THE UNITED STATES. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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