Authorizes distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star.
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
PURPOSE: To provide distinctive license plates which recognize veterans who have earned the Bronze Star or the Silver Star.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new section 404-bb to the Vehicle and Traffic Law to provide distinctive license plates which read "Bronze Star Recipient" or "Silver Star Recipient." The distinctive plate is to be issued upon proof, authorized by the Commissioner, which will assure that the applicant is a Bronze or Silver Star recipient. The distinctive plate is to be issued in the same manner as other number plates upon payment of a regular registration fee, with an additional one time service charge of $10 to be charged for such plates. One year after the effective date, funds in the amount of $5,000, or so much as may be available, will be allocated to the department to offset the costs associated with the production of the license plates.
Section 2 provides the effective date on the 120th day after becoming law.
JUSTIFICATION: The Bronze Star is awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service and is the 9th highest United States armed forces decoration. The Silver star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States and is the 3rd highest United States armed forces decoration. This legislation will honor these veterans with a distinctive license plate that would enable members of the public to identify these heroes, and to accord them recognition and honor.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7812 of 2008 - Referred to Transportation S.5229 of 2011/2012 - Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 120th day after becoming law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4198 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN, LIBOUS, MARCHIONE, NOZZOLIO, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD, ZELDIN -- 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-bb to read as follows: S 404-BB. 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 IN THIS SECTION 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 twentieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02464-01-3