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AB1142 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         1142--B
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 10, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  DINOWITZ, DenDEKKER, BRINDISI, M. G. MILLER,
          BRONSON, McDONALD, SKOUFIS, MOSLEY,  CYMBROWITZ,  BENEDETTO,  SIMOTAS,
          CUSICK,  GUNTHER,  GOTTFRIED,  PICHARDO,  BARRON, COOK, GALEF, COLTON,
          ARROYO, HOOPER, CRESPO, HUNTER --  Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.
          HIKIND,  PERRY,  SIMON  --  read once and referred to the Committee on
          Transportation  --  committee  discharged,   bill   amended,   ordered
          reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted
          to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Assembly Rule 3,
          sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend the vehicle and traffic law and the executive law, in
          relation to enabling veterans and reservists to receive benefit infor-
          mation upon applying for or renewing a driver's license
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Section  508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
     3    6. The commissioner, in consultation with the director of the division
     4  of veterans' affairs, is directed to establish a process  by  which  the
     5  department  shall  refer  driver's license and non-driver identification
     6  card applicants requesting and obtaining a notation upon such license or
     7  non-driver identification card that he or she is a veteran of the United
     8  States armed forces  pursuant  to  subdivision  three  of  section  four
     9  hundred  ninety  of  this  chapter  or  subdivision  one of section five
    10  hundred two of this article, upon his or her request, to the division of
    11  veterans' affairs, consistent  with  the  provisions  of  section  three
    12  hundred fifty-four-a of the executive law.
    13    §  2.  Section 354-a of the executive law, as amended by section 95 of
    14  subpart B of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of  2011,  is  amended  to
    15  read as follows:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01091-04-8

        A. 1142--B                          2
 
     1    § 354-a. Information  on  status  of  veterans  receiving  assistance.
     2  Departments, divisions, bureaus, boards, commissions and agencies of the
     3  state and political  subdivisions  thereof,  which  provide  assistance,
     4  treatment,  counseling,  care,  supervision  or custody in service areas
     5  involving  health,  mental  health, family services, criminal justice or
     6  employment, including but not limited to the office  of  alcoholism  and
     7  substance  abuse  services, office of mental health, office of probation
     8  and correctional alternatives, office of children and  family  services,
     9  office  of  temporary  and  disability assistance, department of health,
    10  department of labor,  local  workforce  investment  boards,  office  for
    11  people  with  developmental  disabilities, and department of corrections
    12  and community supervision, shall request  assisted  persons  to  provide
    13  information  with  regard  to  their veteran status and military experi-
    14  ences. Individuals identifying themselves as veterans,  including  indi-
    15  viduals  requesting  and obtaining a veterans notation on their driver's
    16  license or non-driver identification  card  pursuant  to  sections  four
    17  hundred  ninety  and  five  hundred  two of the vehicle and traffic law,
    18  shall be advised that the division of veterans' affairs and local veter-
    19  ans' service agencies established  pursuant  to  section  three  hundred
    20  fifty-seven  of  this  article  provide assistance to veterans regarding
    21  benefits under federal and state  law.  Information  regarding  veterans
    22  status  and  military  service  provided  by  assisted persons solely to
    23  implement this section  shall  be  protected  as  personal  confidential
    24  information  under  article  six-A  of  the  public officers law against
    25  disclosure of confidential material, and used  only  to  assist  in  the
    26  diagnosis,  treatment, assessment and handling of the veteran's problems
    27  within the agency requesting  such  information  and  in  referring  the
    28  veteran to the division of veterans' affairs for information and assist-
    29  ance  with  regard  to benefits and entitlements under federal and state
    30  law.
    31    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    32  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    33  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    34  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    35  completed on or before such effective date.
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