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A00411 Summary:

BILL NOA00411
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORMiller MG
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 402, V & T L
 
Increases penalties for purposefully obstructed license plates.
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A00411 Actions:

BILL NOA00411
 
01/09/2017referred to transportation
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A00411 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A411
 
SPONSOR: Miller MG
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to penalties for purposefully obstructed license plates   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To discourage the purposeful obstruction of license plates.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill would increase the maximum fine for knowingly covering or coat- ing a license plate with any artificial or synthetic material or substance that conceals or obscures the plate, or that distorts a recorded or photographic image of the plate.   JUSTIFICATION: The current punishment for an obstructed license plate does little to prevent the problem. Criminals will intentionally cover their license plates to make it nearly impossible for law enforcement officials to identify the vehicle or to stop them. This law would create an incentive to not cover a license plate.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16: A.998-A 2013-14: A.242-A 2011-12: A.8860   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding the date upon which it shall have become a law.
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A00411 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           411
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. M. G. MILLER -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Transportation
 
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  penalties
          for purposefully obstructed license plates
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 and subdivision 8 of section
     2  402 of the vehicle and traffic law, paragraph (b) of  subdivision  1  as
     3  amended by chapter 109 of the laws of 2005, and subdivision 8 as amended
     4  by  chapter  61  of the laws of 1989 and as renumbered by chapter 648 of
     5  the laws of 2006, are amended to read as follows:
     6    (b) (i) Number plates shall be kept clean and in a condition so as  to
     7  be  easily  readable  and  shall  not be covered by glass or any plastic
     8  material[, and].
     9    (ii) Number plates shall not be knowingly covered or coated  with  any
    10  artificial  or synthetic material or substance that conceals or obscures
    11  such number plates or that distorts a recorded or photographic image  of
    12  such number plates[, and the].
    13    (iii)  The  view  of such number plates shall not be obstructed by any
    14  part of the vehicle or by anything carried thereon, except for a receiv-
    15  er-transmitter issued by a publicly owned tolling facility in connection
    16  with  electronic  toll  collection  when  such  receiver-transmitter  is
    17  affixed  to  the  exterior  of  a  vehicle  in  accordance with mounting
    18  instructions provided by the tolling facility.
    19    8. [The] A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine  of
    20  not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars, except that
    21  a  violation of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (b) of subdivision one of
    22  this section shall be punishable by a fine of not less than  twenty-five
    23  nor more than three hundred dollars.
    24    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
    25  ing the date upon which it shall have become a law.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03062-01-7
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