Provides for the issuance of distinctive license plates for African-American veterans; provides that such distinctive license plates shall bear the words "African-American Veteran"; provides for a one-time service charge of $10 for each such plate.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to issuing distinctive license plates for African-American veterans
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Any African American who is a veteran that resides in the State of New York, may apply for a distinctive license plate bearing the words "African American veteran." Application shall be filed with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in such form and detail as he/she shall prescribe. The distinctive plate shall be issued upon proof, satisfactory to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, that the applicant is a veteran.
JUSTIFICATION: "From the earliest days of the colonial period to the present, African Americans have served as under appreciated heroes in: every war and countless 'unofficial' skirmishes and conflicts throughout the history of our nation. There has scarcely been a battle when America has not been served by the valor and sacrifice of what poets have called 'the darker brother'." However, they have not been properly commemorated for their service during times of war and peace. The issuance of distinctive license plates is a small way to recognize the contributions of African Americans' participation in conflicts large and small, from the earliest days of unrest to the present day operations, as well as their services during peacetime. African American veterans are proud of their participation in combat and should have the opportunity, like countless others who have served our country, to demonstrate that pride. We should commemorate those who have made contributions or set precedents for future public service, as well as honor those who on a daily basis protect the rights and freedoms of our nation and state.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4072 of 2009 04/09/09 REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION 01/06/10 REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 688 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 issuing distinctive license plates for African-American 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 AFRICAN-AMERICAN VETERANS. 1. ANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN WHO IS A VETERAN, AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, AND WHO RESIDES IN THIS STATE SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "AFRICAN-AMERICAN 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 HEREIN SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF, SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT IS A VETERAN. 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. SUCH SERVICE CHARGE SHALL BE DEPOSITED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-OO OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE CREDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DISTINC- TIVE PLATE DEVELOPMENT FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, AND SHALL BE USED FOR THE PRODUCTION, DESIGN, ADVER- TISING AND MARKETING OF DISTINCTIVE LICENSE PLATES PURSUANT TO SUCH SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00220-01-1