Creates a "stop prostate cancer" distinctive license plate program and applies the net revenues raised from the new program to the purposes of the prostate and testicular cancer research and education fund.
BILL NUMBER: S779
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to creating the "stop prostate cancer" distinctive license plate program and applying the revenues raised from the new program to the purposes of the prostate and testicular cancer research and education fund
PURPOSE : Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men. By permitting the issuance of license plates with the phrase "stop prostate cancer," this legislation would not only raise awareness of the disease, but also increase funding for needed prostate cancer research.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1: (1) adds a new section 404-x to the Vehicle and Traffic Law, which would permit a person to be issued a distinctive license plate bearing the phrase "stop prostate cancer" in support of prostate cancer and testicular cancer research. Application shall be filed with the commissioner in form and detail as the commissioner shall prescribe.
(2) annual service charge of $25 will be charged for these distinctive license plates. $20 of the $25 received as the annual service charge shall be deposited to the credit of the "prostate and testicular cancer research and education fund" established pursuant to section 97-ccc of the state Finance Law and shall be used for purposes of the fund. After one year, funds in the amount of $7,500 or so much as may be available, shall be allocated to the Department of Motor Vehicles to offset costs associated with the production of such license plates.
Section 2: amends 97-ccc (2) of the state Finance Law, which establishes the prostate and testicular cancer research and education fund. Provides that all revenues generated from the issuance of the distinctive license plates are received by this fund and used for scientific research or educational projects into the causes, treatment and prevention of prostate and testicular cancer upon the recommendation of the health research science board.
EXISTING LAW : None relative to distinctive license plates.
JUSTIFICATION : Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, excluding skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, after lung cancer. In 2003, an estimated 220,900 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer and an estimated 28,900 men died of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. The incidence rates of prostate cancer have nearly doubled from rates 20 years ago. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 232,090 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2005. About 30,350 men will die of this disease. While 1 man in 6 will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, only 1 man in 33 will die of this disease. The death rate for prostate cancer is going down. And the disease is being found earlier as well.
As with any cancer, the key to survival is early detection and treatment. Therefore, additional funding is needed to finance campaigns to increase the awareness of the need to be checked for prostate cancer and the dangers associated with the disease as well as the research into new treatments. This legislation would not only increase awareness of the disease by advertising the need to address
prostate cancer on individual's license plates, but also raise money to fund needed research of the disease.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-2008 - Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None; the State will be reimbursed for the cost of making the license plates.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 779 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. ALESI -- 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 and the state finance law, in relation to creating the "stop prostate cancer" distinctive license plate program and applying the revenues raised from the new program to the purposes of the prostate and testicular cancer research and educa- tion fund 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 "STOP PROSTATE CANCER" LICENSE PLATES. 1. ANY PERSON RESIDING IN THIS STATE SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A DISTINC- TIVE "STOP PROSTATE CANCER" LICENSE PLATE IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE AND TESTICULAR CANCER RESEARCH BEARING THE PHRASE "STOP PROSTATE CANCER". APPLICATION FOR SAID LICENSE PLATE SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE. 2. 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. TWENTY DOLLARS FROM EACH TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS RECEIVED AS THE ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEPOSITED TO THE CREDIT OF THE "PROSTATE AND TESTICULAR CANCER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FUND" ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-SEVEN-CCC OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW AND SHALL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF SUCH FUND; AND PROVIDED FURTHER, HOWEVER, THAT ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED 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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01746-01-9 S. 779 2
S 2. Section 97-ccc of the state finance law, as added by chapter 219 of the laws of 1997, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 528 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: S 97-ccc. Prostate and testicular cancer research and education 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 "prostate and testicular cancer research and education 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, all revenues received pursuant to an appropriation by the legisla- ture, all moneys collected pursuant to section four hundred four-q of the vehicle and traffic law, AS ADDED BY CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY-NINE, and all other moneys appropriated, credited, or transferred thereto from any other fund or source pursuant to law. Nothing contained herein 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 prostate and testicu- lar cancer research and educational projects. As used in this section, "prostate and testicular cancer research and education projects" means scientific research or educational projects which are approved by the department of health and shall include but not be limited to: (a) SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH OR EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS INTO THE CAUSES, TREATMENT, AND PREVENTION OF PROSTATE AND TESTICULAR CANCER UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE HEALTH RESEARCH SCIENCE BOARD PURSUANT TO SECTION TWENTY-FOUR HUNDRED ELEVEN OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW; (B) establishment of a public education and outreach campaign to publicize prostate and testicular cancer detection and education services, including the extent of coverage for such services by health insurance, the medical assistance program, and other public and private programs;
[(b)](C) compilation of data concerning the prostate and testicular cancer detection and education program and dissemination of the data to the public; [(c)](D) development of professional education programs, including the benefits of early detection of prostate and testicular cancer and the recommended frequency of the test and examination therefor; and [(d)](E) to further the goals and duties of the prostate and testicu- lar cancer detection and education advisory council established in section twenty-four hundred fifteen of the public health law. 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 health. 5. To the extent practicable, the commissioner of health 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, or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of the foregoing sections of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.