Relates to distinctive license plates issued to gold star mothers; permits gold star mothers to retain one such distinctive plate as a commemorative item after such plates are surrendered.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Squadron
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to distinctive plates for gold star mothers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation will allow a Gold Star Mother to keep one distinctive license plate, for commemorative purposes only, upon surrender of such distinctive plates.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 404-i of the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section which would allow a Gold Star Mother to retain one of two distinctive license plates upon surrender of such set. The plate shall be retained for commemorative purposes only.
Section two provides for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, a Gold Star Mother is required to return her distinctive license plates honoring her child killed in service when surrendering her license. These license plates have great sentimental value and are a source of pride for the mother of fallen military hero.
This bill would allow a Gold Star Mother to keep one of her plates as a commemorative plate. It also allows the Commissioner of DMV to make a duplicate plate of the surrendered Gold Star Mother license plate at no cost to the Gold Star Mother in the event that she has surrendered both plates.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: A8349 - Died in Transportation; S5693 Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3554 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 5, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, DeFRANCISCO, MAZIARZ, SAVINO, SEWARD -- 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 gold star mothers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 404-i of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. UPON THE SURRENDER OF A SET OF DISTINCTIVE PLATES ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THE GOLD STAR MOTHER TO WHOM SUCH PLATES WERE ISSUED, SHALL BE ENTITLED TO KEEP AND RETAIN ONE OF THE TWO SUCH PLATES, FOR COMMEMORATIVE PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT FOR DISPLAY ON ANY MOTOR VEHICLE. IN THE EVENT THAT A GOLD STAR MOTHER TO WHOM DISTINCTIVE PLATES WERE ISSUED, HAS SURRENDERED BOTH PLATES OF THE SET OF SUCH DISTINCTIVE PLATES, THEN THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, UPON REQUEST OF, AND AT NO COST TO SUCH GOLD STAR MOTHER, ISSUE AND PROVIDE TO SUCH GOLD STAR MOTHER ONE DUPLICATE COMMEMORATIVE PLATE OF THE DISTINCTIVE PLATES SO SURRENDERED, SO THAT SUCH PERSON MAY KEEP AND RETAIN SUCH DUPLICATE PLATE FOR COMME- MORATIVE PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT FOR DISPLAY ON ANY MOTOR VEHICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06500-01-3