Authorizes distinctive license plates for Korean Defense veterans who were awarded the Korean Defense Service Medal, provides that an additional one time service charge of ten dollars shall be charged for such plate.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to distinctive plates for Korean Defense veterans
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive plates to Korean Defense Veterans and the spouses thereof.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section 404-x that creates a distinctive license plate for Korean Defense veterans. The plate will bear the words "Korean Defense Veteran".
JUSTIFICATION: More than 40,000 members of the United States armed forces have served on the Korean Peninsula each year since the cease-fire agreement in July 1953 ended the Korean War. Since then, an estimated 1,200 servicemen and women have died as a direct result of the service in Korea.
These service men and women often times go unrecognized in our society. In December 2002 President George W. Bush signed The National Defense Authorization FY 2003, containing the Korea Defense Service Medal Act that instructs the Secretary of Defense to award the Korea Defense Service Medal to all current and former Armed Forces members that served in Korea from 28 July 1954 to a date to be determined.
This legislation will further recognize these brave service men and women in New York State and offer a small token of appreciation to those who served our country so valiantly.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2199 of 2009-2010 - Referred to Transportation S.451 of 2007-2008 - Referred to Transportation S.8476 of 2006 - Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 636 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, RANZENHOFER, 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 Korean Defense veterans 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 KOREAN DEFENSE VETERANS. 1. ANY KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN OR THE SPOUSE OF ANY SUCH VETERAN SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN". IF A DISTINCTIVE PLATE IS ISSUED TO A VETERAN PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, SUCH A DISTINCTIVE PLATE SHALL NOT BE ISSUED TO THE SPOUSE OF SUCH VETERAN. 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 SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF, SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT OR THE SPOUSE OF THE APPLICANT IS A KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN. 3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "KOREAN DEFENSE VETERAN" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO WAS AWARDED THE KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY. 4. 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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00731-01-1 S. 636 2
5. NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL REQUIRE THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL NUMBER PLATE UNDER THIS SECTION UNLESS THE COMMISSIONER IS SATISFIED THAT THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF SUCH SPECIAL PLATES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.