Requires that certain New York citizens who have been discharged from the Armed Forces or the National Guard be provided with a copy of their birth certificate without charge.
Ayes (20): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, Padavan, Saland, Marcellino
Ayes W/R (4): LaValle, Leibell, Maziarz, Robach
Nays (8): Diaz, DeFrancisco, Volker, Seward, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, Nozzolio
Excused (1): Johnson O
Ayes (37): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Foley, Fuschillo, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Maziarz, Montgomery, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky
Nays (24): Bonacic, DeFrancisco, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Johnson O, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, McDonald, Nozzolio, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Skelos, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (1): Morahan
BILL NUMBER:S7902 REVISED 06/04/10
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring that certain New York citizens who have been discharged from the armed forces or the national guard be provided with a copy of their certificates without charge
To allow those who serve in the armed forces and National Guard the ability to receive a free copy or his or her birth certificate.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One of the bill amends section 4174 of the public health law to create a new subsection (b) to state that no fee shall be charged to any citizen of New York state who has been discharged from the armed forces or the National Guard with an honorable discharge or with a general discharge with honorable conditions. Discharges based on "homosexual conduct" shall be considered a general discharge for purposes of this section.
Does not allow members of the armed forces or National Guard the ability to receive free birth certificates.
Persons being discharged from the armed forces or National Guard face many barriers to a successful re-entry to the community. One significant barrier is the inability to obtain proper identification (i.e. driver's license, social security card). Securing proper identification is vital to a veteran's ability to find stable employment, housing and secure benefits. Providing each veteran with a birth certificate upon release will allow veterans to more easily obtain the necessary identification.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7902 IN SENATE May 20, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. DUANE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring that certain New York citizens who have been discharged from the armed forces or the national guard be provided with a copy of their certif- icates without charge THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 4174 of the public health law, as separately amended by chapters 409 and 698 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: 4. (A) No fee shall be charged for a search, certification, certif- icate, certified copy or certified transcript of a record to be used for school entrance, employment certificate or for purposes of public relief or when required by the veterans administration to be used in determin- ing the eligibility of any person to participate in the benefits made available by the veterans administration or when required by a board of elections for the purposes of determining voter eligibility. (B) NO FEE SHALL BE CHARGED TO ANY CITIZEN OF NEW YORK STATE WHO HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OR THE NATIONAL GUARD WITH AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WITH A GENERAL DISCHARGE WITH HONORABLE CONDI- TIONS FOR A SEARCH, CERTIFICATION, CERTIFICATE, CERTIFIED COPY OR CERTI- FIED TRANSCRIPT OF HIS OR HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, A DISCHARGE BASED SOLELY ON "HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT" SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE A GENERAL DISCHARGE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15718-01-0