Authorizes distinctive license plates for Korean Defense veterans who were awarded the Korean Defense Service Medal, provides that an additional one time service charge of ten dollars shall be charged for such plate.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to distinctive plates for Korean Defense veterans
PURPOSE: This bill allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive plates to Korean Defense Veterans and the spouses thereof.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by adding a new section 404-x that creates a distinctive license plate for Korean Defense veterans. The plate will bear the words "Korean Defense Veteran." Such license plates may be issued to Korean Defense veterans and their spouses. A "Korean Defense Veteran" is a New York resident who served in the armed forces of the United States, was awarded the Korean Defense Service Medal, and was honorably discharged. The commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to issue the new license plate unless the Commissioner determines that the aggregate amount of the annual service charge for such plates will be sufficient to offset the cost of designing and manufacturing the new plates.
Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
EXISTING LAW: Currently, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles is not authorized to issue Korean Defense Veteran license plates.
JUSTIFICATION: More than 40,000 members of the United States armed forces have served on the Korean Peninsula each year since the ceasefire agreement in July 1953 ended the Korean War. Since the end of the Korean War, an estimated 1,200 servicemen and women have died as a direct result of the service in Korea.
These service men and women often times go unrecognized in our society. In December 2002 President George W. Bush signed The National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2003, containing the Korea Defense Service Medal Act that instructs the Secretary of Defense to award the Korea Defense Service Medal to all current and former Armed Forces members that served in Korea from 28 July 1954 to a date to be determined.
This legislation will further recognize these brave service men and women in New York State and offer a small token of appreciation to those who served our country so valiantly.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2: S.636 - Referred to Transportation both years 2009-10: S.2199 - Referred to Transportation both years 2008: S.451 - Referred to Transportation 2007: S.451 - Reported to Finance 2006: S.8476 - Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Because the Commissioner of the Department of Motor vehicles is not required to issue the license plates unless the Commissioner determines that the aggregate annual service fees will cover the cost of designing and manufacturing the license plates, it is not anticipated that this legislation will have any significant fiscal impact on the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2749 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- 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 distinctive plates for Korean Defense veterans 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 KOREAN DEFENSE VETERANS. 1. ANY KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN OR THE SPOUSE OF ANY SUCH VETERAN SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN". IF A DISTINCTIVE PLATE IS ISSUED TO A VETERAN PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, SUCH A DISTINCTIVE PLATE SHALL NOT BE ISSUED TO THE SPOUSE OF SUCH VETERAN. 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 IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF, SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT OR THE SPOUSE OF THE APPLICANT IS A KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN. 3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO WAS AWARDED THE KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY. 4. 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. 5. NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL REQUIRE THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL NUMBER PLATE UNDER THIS SECTION UNLESS THE COMMISSIONER IS SATISFIED THAT THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF SUCH SPECIAL PLATES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07239-01-3