Allows veterans who performed military service during a period of war to ride public transportation free of charge for the year immediately after his or her return to this state.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the military law, in relation to allowing certain veterans to ride public transportation free of charge
PURPOSE: To allow Honorably Discharged Veterans who served in a period of war to receive--free of charge--rides from every transportation provider in New York State.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new Section 245-a is added to the Military Law to provide that for a period of one year commencing after an honorable discharge, a Veteran is entitled to receive 'free' rides on every transportation provider utilizing public funds in New York State. The Commissioner of the Department of Transportation is authorized to promulgate regulations to carry this legislative initiative into effect.
JUSTIFICATION: It is quite clear that, at least in this life, we will never be able to adequately reward our Veterans for their years of absolutely purposeful sacrifice and forthrightly honorable service, not only to our country and state, but to every individual constituent part therein. It is entirely reasonable to extend this small modicum of courtesy, i.e., free public transportation for one year, to our War Veterans.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4135 of 2005/06; Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4153 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 21, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SMITH -- 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 military law, in relation to allowing certain veter- ans to ride public transportation free of charge THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The military law is amended by adding a new section 245-a to read as follows: S 245-A. FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION; CERTAIN WAR VETERANS. NOTWITH- STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW OR THE TERMS OF ANY CONTRACT, A RESIDENT OF THE STATE WHO IS A HONORABLY DISCHARGED MEMBER OF ANY BRANCH OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO PERFORMED MILITARY SERVICE DURING A PERIOD OF WAR SHALL BE ENTITLED, FOR THE YEAR IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS OR HER RETURN TO THIS STATE FROM SUCH MILITARY SERVICE, TO RIDE FREE OF CHARGE ON EVERY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER IN THIS STATE. THE COMMIS- SIONER OF TRANSPORTATION IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR NOT-FOR-PRO- FIT ENTITY UTILIZING PUBLIC FUNDS TO PROVIDE OR CONTRACT FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR SPECIF- IC CLIENT GROUPS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04026-01-1