Authorizes a tax check-off for gifts to the explore the cosmos New York fund and authorizes the issuance of distinctive "Explore the Cosmos New York" license plates.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to authorizing a tax check-off for gifts to the explore the cosmos New York fund; to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the issuance of distinctive "Explore the Cosmos New York" license plates; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Require New York State to commemorate the contribution of New Yorkers to the Space Shuttle Program and NASA space exploration by creating a designated fund for the Science and Education Center that will house the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: amends tax law by adding section 625-a to authorize the contribution of tax refund donation to the "Explore the Cosmos New York" fund for the Science and Education Center that will house the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Section2: amends state finance law by adding section 81 to authorize the creation of the "Explore the Cosmos New York Fund" to be jointly held in custody by the Office of State Comptroller and Department of Tax and Finance. The fund will be created by check-off donations via tax returns and the sale of commemorative license plates celebrating New York's contribution to space program.
Section 3: amends vehicle and traffic law by adding new section 404-x which authorizes the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a commemorative license plate celebrating New York State's contribution to the national space exploration program and NASA Space Shuttle Program. Funds from the sale of these plates will go towards the "Explore the Cosmos New York Fund" as described in Section 81 of state finance law.
JUSTIFICATION: New York State has a rich history of contributing outstanding talent to the Space Shuttle Program, therefore, there is a need for legislation that will require New York to commemorate the State's contributions to space exploration and create a dedicated and voluntary donation option on tax forms that will support the Science and Education Center that will house the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
The only two women to ever command a space shuttle both call Elmira and Rochester, New York their home. The last pilot of the Atlantis (July 2011 mission), the historic last space shuttle mission, is a native New Yorker who was born in Endicott, in the southern tier. New York has a long history of contributing outstanding talent to our nation's work to explore space and this is very clear when we review the list of talented people that have helped make the Space Shuttle Program and International Space Station a reality and a success.
New York has contributed more astronauts to the Space Shuttle Program than any other state. Combined 30 astronauts, born and raised in New Yorker, have participated in 75 Space Shuttle missions that have yielded tremendous research activity, new discoveries and the completion of the International Space Station. New York State needs to honor and commemorate its contributions to this historic achievement for humanity.
This legislation, if enacted into law, would create a special pool of money called the Explore the Cosmos New York Fund which would be funded through voluntary donations made through a check-off box that will be required to appear in New York State tax forms.
The second part of the proposed legislation will direct the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to create a commemorative license plate that captures the participation of New York State industry and residents in the Space Shuttle Program. DMV will be required to design and to issue this commemorative plate by July 8, 2013, the two-year anniversary of the launch of last Space shuttle mission. DMV will assign a fee for the purchase of this plate and excess funds collected after production costs will go to the Explore the Cosmos NY Fund.
The funds collected for the Explore the Cosmos New York program will be held by the Office of the New York State Comptroller and made available yearly to the Science and Education Center that will house the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, is giving up the prototype Enterprise Space Shuttle to New York City's Intrepid Museum." Enterprise was used for test flights in the 1970s. It is expected that this new addition to the museum will generate tens of thousands of additional tourist visits to the museum and New York State. Unfortunately, currently the housing of the Enterprise at the Intrepid Museum is in jeopardy due to the museums limited space and budget. This fund will help bring the Enterprise to its proper home.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: NONE. This legislation will actually generate income for science museum that will help generate more tourism visits and spending in NYS.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill will take effect immediately and sunsets in 8 years.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7810 IN SENATE June 20, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to authorizing a tax check-off for gifts to the explore the cosmos New York fund; to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the issuance of distinctive "Explore the Cosmos New York" license plates; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 625-a to read as follows: S 625-A. GIFTS TO THE EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK FUND. EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, AN INDIVIDUAL IN ANY TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE STATE GIFTS TO THE EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK FUND TO BE USED TO SUPPORT THE SCIENCE AND EDUCATION CENTER THAT WILL HOUSE THE SPACE SHUT- TLE ENTERPRISE AT THE INTREPID SEA, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM. SUCH CONTRIB- UTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE DOLLAR AMOUNT AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH INDIVIDUAL. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE GIFTS TO EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK FUND AND USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION EIGHTY-ONE OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 81 to read as follows: S 81. EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK 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 "EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK FUND". 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE FROM THE GIFTS TO EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE-A OF THE TAX LAW AND ALLEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13270-04-2 S. 7810 2
REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-X OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC 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 THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING THE SCIENCE AND EDUCATION CENTER THAT WILL HOUSE THE SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE AT THE INTREPID SEA, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM. 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 EDUCATION. S 3. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 404-x to read as follows: S 404-X. DISTINCTIVE "EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK" LICENSE PLATES. 1. ON OR AFTER JULY EIGHTH, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, ANY PERSON RESIDING IN THIS STATE SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A DISTINCTIVE "EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK" LICENSE PLATE OF A DESIGN APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, COMMEMORATING THE LAUNCH OF THE LAST SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION. APPLICATION FOR SAID LICENSE PLATE SHALL BE FILED WITH THE 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 PLATE. SUCH ADDITIONAL SERVICE CHARGE SHALL BE DEPOSITED PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-OO OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE CREDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHI- CLES 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 NUMBER PLATES; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ADDITIONAL ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES COLLECTED IN EXCESS OF SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS SHALL BE DEPOSITED TO THE CREDIT OF THE EXPLORE THE COSMOS NEW YORK FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHT- Y-ONE OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 8 years after such effective date.