Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star and their spouses.
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
To provide distinctive license plates which recognize veterans who have earned the Bronze Star or the Silver Star.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Adds a new section to the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize the issuance of distinctive license plates which read "Bronze Star Recipient" or "Silver Star Recipient." Includes provisions which are applicable to other existing 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.
The Vehicle and Traffic Law currently provides for numerous special license plates for veterans and their families, such as Congressional Medal of Honor recipients (sec. 404-p), former Prisoners of War (sec. 404-c), members of Organized Militia (sec. 404-d), Purple Heart recipients (sec. 404-e), Jewish War veterans (sec. 404-h), Gold Star Mothers (sec. 404-i), Pearl Harbor attack survivors (sec. 404-j), Marine Corps League members (sec. 404-k), U.S. Naval Armed Guard (sec. 404-v), Veterans of the War on Terror (sec. 404-w) and Persian Gulf Veterans (sec. 404-w). In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles has administratively authorized plates honoring other categories of veterans and military personnel.
As our Nation continues to recognize and honor our veterans, there are many people 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. A wide variety of distinctive license plates are already available for veterans and members of the military, but not specifically for recipients of the Silver Star and Bronze Star. These individuals have been honored by their country with these significant military awards, and it is appropriate that their service be recognized with these special plates.
S.4828 of 2009-10. The bill passed the Senate in 2005 (S.3565-A) and in 2004 (S.1658-B).
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. The Department will be allocated $5,000 to offset production costs.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
180 days after becoming a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3391 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 17, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- 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. LBD05592-01-1