Creates a state trooper highway memorial task force to develop and establish guidelines for recognition of members of the division of state police who have died in the line of duty; provides such recognition shall be by means of dedicating a portion of the state highway system, or the placement of a memorial plaque or marker along a state highway.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to creating a state trooper highway memorial task force
PURPOSE: To create a State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force to honor those troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 describes the legislative intent of the bill.
Section 2 amends the highway law to add section 340-e, which creates the State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force and provides the Task Force with the honor of establishing guidelines for how state troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty should be memorialized.
Section 3 establishes that the Commissioner of Transportation is responsible for the installation and maintenance of memorial signs and that such designation will not alter the official name of the highway.
Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will recognize the importance of the state police who have nobly sacrificed their lives for the people of this State. The recognition which shall be bestowed by this Task Force will be a daily reminder for those traveling along a state highway of their friends, family, and neighbors who have proudly served in our state police force and will show appreciation for those who have fallen in the line of duty.
Furthermore, the mission of the State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force will be to develop and establish guidelines for recognition of members of the Division of State Police who have died in the line of duty while providing an organizational method by which these memorials are created, By including the Commissioner of Transportation or his or her designee and the Superintendent of State Police on the Task Force to approve such requests, a safe and effective method with consideration to traffic flow will be established as to where these memorials are placed.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.698 - Passed Senate; A.1105 - Died in Transportation 2009-2010: A.3183 - Died in Transportation 2008: S.7159 - Passed Senate; A 10429 - Died in Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Nominal cost to the state for signs. However, such memorials currently exist throughout the state and new ones continue to be designated each year through individual legislative bills. Those bills state that the Commissioner of Transportation shall provide further installation and maintenance of adequate signage of the state highway system as designated by law.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6719 IN SENATE March 4, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to creating a state trooper highway memorial task force THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature to provide a mechanism to enhance recognition for fallen members of the state police who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. It shall be the charge of the task force created by this act to develop a procedure for recognition of these dedicated men and women. Further- more, this act is intended to define safe and acceptable methods of placing memorials along the highways of this state that appropriately pay tribute to their service and preserve their memory forever. S 2. The highway law is amended by adding a new section 340-e to read as follows: S 340-E. STATE TROOPER HIGHWAY MEMORIAL TASK FORCE. 1. THE STATE TROOPER HIGHWAY MEMORIAL TASK FORCE IS HEREBY CREATED TO BE COMPRISED OF THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STATE POLICE OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE, AND A MEMBER OF THE POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE TROOPERS, INC. 2. WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE TASK FORCE SHALL DEVELOP AND ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR RECOGNITION OF MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. SUCH RECOGNITION MAY BE IN THE FORM OF THE DEDICATION OF A PORTION OF A STATE HIGHWAY AND/OR THE PLACEMENT OF A MEMORIAL PLAQUE OR MARKER ALONG A STATE HIGHWAY. ANY PLACEMENT OF A MEMORIAL PLAQUE OR MARKER ALONG A STATE HIGHWAY SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO ENSURE THE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG HIGHWAYS IN THIS STATE. 3. ANY PERSON MAY SUBMIT TO THE STATE TROOPER HIGHWAY MEMORIAL TASK FORCE, IN WRITING, A PETITION SEEKING RECOGNITION OF MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. SUCH PETITION SHALL BE IN SUCH FORM AND CONTAIN SUCH INFORMATION AS THE TASK FORCE MAY REQUIRE. UPON THE RECEIPT OF A PETITION THE TASK FORCEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11701-02-4 S. 6719 2
SHALL CONSIDER THE REQUEST AND ADVISE THE APPLICANT, IN WRITING, OF A DECISION ON ANY ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF SUCH PETITION. UPON THE ACCEPTANCE OF ANY PETITION, THE TASK FORCE SHALL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE FORM AND LOCATION OF THE MEMORIAL TO BE IMPLE- MENTED. S 3. The commissioner of transportation shall provide for the instal- lation and maintenance of adequate memorial plaques, markers and signs along the state highway system as designated pursuant to section 340-e of the highway law, as added by section two of this act; provided that, to avoid any confusion and to limit any possible disruption of commerce, any designation called for pursuant to such section shall be one of a ceremonial nature and the official name of such highway shall not be changed as a result of this act. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.