Creates the New York state veterans remembrance license plate; provides that any proceeds shall go to the credit of the veterans remembrance and cemetery maintenance operation fund.
Ayes (59): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to creating the New York state veterans remembrance license plate
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Section 1: Any veteran or spouse of a veteran, who resides in this State shall upon request, be issued a license plate bearing the words "NYS Veterans Remembrance." Application for the license plate shall be filed with the commissioner of Motor Vehicles in such form and detail as the Commissioner shall prescribe.
Section 2: The distinctive plate shall be issued upon proof, satisfactory to the Commissioner of Motor vehicles.
Section 3: An additional annual service charge of twenty-five dollars shall be charged for the distinctive plate. The annual charge shall be deposited to the distinctive plate development fund and shall be used for the production, design, advertising and marketing of the "NYS Veterans Remembrance" distinctive license plates. Annual service charges collected in excess of six thousand dollars shall be deposited to the veterans remembrance and cemetery maintenance operation fund.
JUSTIFICATION: We have no greater obligation than to honor and thank our veterans for the countless sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom and defend our Nation. Those who have borne the cost for our freedom deserve a place of dignity as their final resting place.
This legislation creates the opportunity to honor those veterans who have given so much for our freedom by supporting the New York State Veterans Remembrance and Cemetery Maintenance Operation Fund, which is a critical first step to establishing a New York State Veterans' Cemetery.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs State Cemetery program has helped establish, expand and improve veterans cemeteries in 42 states and territories. New York has never participated in this federally-sponsored program. Recently enacted legislation allows New York to join this federally recognized State Veterans cemetery program and receive badly needed financial support. But first, the veterans remembrance and cemetery maintenance operation fund must raise the necessary funds.
This legislation establishes an additional revenue sources for the veterans remembrance and cemetery maintenance operation fund by using the revenue generated by the "NYS Veterans Remembrance" license plates. This fund is an important first step in the process to designate specific areas in New York State for a State Veterans cemetery.
Just as our veterans recognized their duty to honor and serve their Nation, we too must recognize our duty as Americans to honor the profound sacrifices they made so that we can live our lives in freedom. These distinctive plates will help serve as an important reminder of their important sacrifice.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on April 1st next succeeding the date it becomes a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7122 IN SENATE April 30, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 creating the New York state veterans remembrance license plate 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 THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS REMEM- BRANCE. 1. ANY VETERAN OR THE SPOUSE OF ANY SUCH VETERAN SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORDS "NYS VETERANS REMEMBRANCE". 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 SUCH 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 VETERAN. 3. A DISTINCTIVE PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGU- LAR 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 PLATES. SUCH ANNUAL 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 DISTINCTIVE PLATE DEVELOPMENT FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, AND SHALL BE USED FOR THE PRODUCTION, DESIGN, ADVERTISING AND MARKETING OF DISTINCTIVE LICENSE PLATES PURSUANT TO SUCH SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES COLLECTED IN EXCESS OF SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS SHALL BE DEPOSITED TO THE CREDIT OF THE VETERANS REMEMBRANCE AND CEMETERY MAINTENANCE OPERATION FUND AND SHALL BE USED FOR FURTHERANCE OF THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14790-01-4 S. 7122 2
MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF STATE VETERANS CEMETERIES, PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-SEVEN-MMMM OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.