Bill S6547-2013

Relates to authorizing the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star

Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates for recipients of the Bronze or Silver star and their spouses.

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  • Feb 4, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S6547

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:

Adds new sec. 404-x to the Vehicle and Traffic Law providing distinctive license plates which read "Bronze Star Recipient" or "Silver Star Recipient". Includes provisions equivalent to other 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.

EXISTING LAW:

The Vehicle and Traffic Law currently provides for numerous special license plates for veterans and their families, such as Congressional Medal of Honor (sec. 401 and 404p), 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), Peal Harbor attack survivors (sec. 404-j), and Marine Corps League members (sec. 404-k).

JUSTIFICATION:

As our Nation continues to recognize and honor our veterans, there are many 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. Establishment of distinctive license plates would enable members of the public to identify these heroes, and to accord them recognition and honor.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.8531A/S 3565A in 2005-06, A.3586/S.1658 in 2003-04, A.9983/S6345 in 2002. Passed Senate in 2004 and 2005. A9946 - 2008 A5367 - (2009- 2010) A 4113 of 2011-12

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

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. This Department will be allocated $5,000 to offset production costs.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

180 days after becoming a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6547 IN SENATE February 4, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. 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 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.

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