Establishes distinctive "Support Our Troops" number plates for motor vehicles.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing distinctive "Support Our Troops" plates; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to creating a Support Our Troops, Inc. fund
PURPOSE: To create the "Support Our Troops" distinctive license plate.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Adds a new section 404-x to the Vehicle and Traffic Law to create the "Support Our Troops" distinctive license plate.
Section 2 -- Adds a new section 99-u to the State Finance Law. This section establishes a fund to collect monies for the "Support Our Troops" charitable organization.
Section 3 -- Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Many New Yorkers serve in the US military, reserves, or National Guard, and some of these New Yorkers are even serving our nation in very dangerous locations like Iraq and Afghanistan. If enacted into law, this bill will allow New Yorkers to show our support for these brave men and women through the "Support Our Troops" distinctive license plate and also raise money for services for our men and women in uniform.
Twenty-three states currently have "Support Our Troops" distinctive license plates, and many other states are in the process of creating these plates. New York should join these other states in creating these distinctive license plates.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6743-A of 2008 S.1507 of 2009-2010
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
LOCAL 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 ________________________________________________________________________ 2905--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, BONACIC, GRIFFO, JOHNSON, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans- portation -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accord- ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing distinctive "Support Our Troops" plates; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to creating a Support Our Troops, Inc. fund 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 "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" PLATES. 1. ANY PERSON RESID- ING IN THIS STATE SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A DISTINCTIVE "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" LICENSE PLATE OF DESIGN SUBMITTED BY THE SPONSORING ORGAN- IZATION AND APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WHICH DESIGN MAY INCLUDE THE SPONSORING ORGANIZATION'S TRADEMARK "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!" OR "SALUTE OUR HEROES!," ITS TRADEMARK LOGO, AND ITS WEBSITE DOMAIN ADDRESS. APPLICA- TION FOR SAID LICENSE PLATE SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE. 2. THE DISTINCTIVE "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" LICENSE PLATES 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 AND AN ADDITIONAL ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS. TWENTY DOLLARS FROM EACH TWENTY- FIVE DOLLARS RECEIVED AS ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEPOSITED AS A ROYALTY TO THE CREDIT OF THE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, INC. FUND, ESTABLISHED AS A REVOLVING FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-NINE-U OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03764-02-2 S. 2905--A 2
3. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH THERE- OF AS MAY BE AVAILABLE, SHALL BE ALLOCATED FROM SUCH FUND TO THE DEPART- MENT TO OFFSET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH LICENSE PLATES, TOGETHER WITH AN ADDITIONAL FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO OFFSET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PRODUCTION OF THE PLATE IN MOTORCYCLE SIZE. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-u to read as follows: S 99-U. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, INC. FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, INC. FUND. 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-X OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW, AND ALL OTHER MONEYS CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW, PROVIDED THAT SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-X OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW SHALL CONTROL THE METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR THE COSTS OF PRODUC- ING THE DISTINCTIVE LICENSE PLATES AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SUCH SECTION OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW. 3. MONEYS SHALL BE PAID OUT OF THE FUND TO THE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, INC., ORGANIZED PURSUANT TO SECTION 501(C)(3) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, ON THE REQUEST OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, INC. ANY INTEREST RECEIVED BY THE COMPTROLLER ON MONEYS ON DEPOSIT IN THE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, INC. FUND SHALL BE RETAINED IN AND BECOME PART OF SUCH FUND. NO MONEY FROM SUCH FUND MAY BE WITH- DRAWN, TRANSFERRED, OR USED BY ANY PERSON FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN AS PERMITTED BY THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.