Bill S691-2009

Authorizes distinctive license plates for former members of the New York state legislature

Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates for former members of the New York state legislature; provides that a portion of the fees for such plates shall be deposited into a special fund to benefit environmental protection projects.

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  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 12, 2009: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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 BILL NUMBER:  S691

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to authorizing distinctive license plates for former members of the New York state legislature

PURPOSE : This bill allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive plates to former members of the New York State Legislature.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 provides for the issuance of distinctive license plates for former members of the New York State Legislature. The plate will have the words "Former Member of the New York State Legislature."

Section 2 adds a new section 99-n to the state finance law to establish the former member of the New York State Legislature trust fund. Monies from such fund shall be used for environmental protection purposes.

JUSTIFICATION : Former members of the Legislature continue to be active leaders in their community. They provide active guidance and support to many of the people they served as elected state representatives. They take pride in their previous accomplishments and remain important in their capacity as private citizens. The State should recognize the important contributions they have made and their potential future role in their community by allowing for the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive license plates to former members who request them.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.214, 2007-08; S.165-B, 2005-06; S.1117-A, 2003-04; S.3064, 2001-02; S.2659, 1999-00.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 691 A. 1778 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 12, 2009 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta- tion IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. TOWNS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to authorizing distinctive license plates for former members of the New York state legislature 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 "FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE" LICENSE PLATES. 1. ANY FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE RESIDING IN THIS STATE SHALL UPON REQUEST BE ISSUED A DISTINCTIVE LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE". APPLICATION FOR SAID LICENSE PLATES SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE. 2. ANY DISTINCTIVE PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT AN ADDITIONAL ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS SHALL BE CHARGED FOR SUCH PLATE. TWENTY DOLLARS OF EACH SUCH TWENTY-FIVE DOLLAR ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE SHALL BE DEPOSITED TO THE CREDIT OF THE "FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TRUST FUND" ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-NINE-T OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW AND SHALL BE USED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PURPOSES AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION NINETY-TWO-S OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
SECTION, FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR SO MUCH THERE- OF AS MAY BE AVAILABLE, SHALL BE ALLOCATED TO THE DEPARTMENT TO OFFSET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH LICENSE PLATES. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-t to read as follows: S 99-T. FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TRUST FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE AND THE COMPTROLLER, A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TRUST FUND". 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-X OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW AND ALL OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CREDITED, OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT THE STATE FROM RECEIVING GRANTS, GIFTS OR BEQUESTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE FUND AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION AND DEPOSITING THEM INTO THE FUND ACCORDING TO LAW. 3. MONIES OF THE FUND SHALL BE EXPENDED ONLY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PURPOSES AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION NINETY-TWO-S OF THIS ARTICLE. 4. MONIES SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION. 5. TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION SHALL ENSURE THAT ALL MONIES RECEIVED DURING A FISCAL YEAR ARE EXPENDED PRIOR TO THE END OF THAT FISCAL YEAR. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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