Bill Text: NY S01026 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

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Bill Title: Enables veterans and reservists to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-01-08 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S01026 Detail]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 10, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sens. RIVERA, KENNEDY -- 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  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:
    16    § 354-a. Information  on  status  of  veterans  receiving  assistance.
    17  Departments, divisions, bureaus, boards, commissions and agencies of the
    18  state  and  political  subdivisions  thereof,  which provide assistance,
    19  treatment, counseling, care, supervision or  custody  in  service  areas
    20  involving  health,  mental  health, family services, criminal justice or
    21  employment, including but not limited to the office  of  alcoholism  and
    22  substance  abuse  services, office of mental health, office of probation
    23  and correctional alternatives, office of children and  family  services,
    24  office  of  temporary  and  disability assistance, department of health,
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 1026                             2
     1  department of labor,  local  workforce  investment  boards,  office  for
     2  people  with  developmental  disabilities, and department of corrections
     3  and community supervision, shall request  assisted  persons  to  provide
     4  information  with  regard  to  their veteran status and military experi-
     5  ences. Individuals identifying themselves as veterans,  including  indi-
     6  viduals  requesting  and obtaining a veterans notation on their driver's
     7  license or non-driver identification  card  pursuant  to  sections  four
     8  hundred  ninety  and  five  hundred  two of the vehicle and traffic law,
     9  shall be advised that the division of veterans' affairs and local veter-
    10  ans' service agencies established  pursuant  to  section  three  hundred
    11  fifty-seven  of  this  article  provide assistance to veterans regarding
    12  benefits under federal and state  law.  Information  regarding  veterans
    13  status  and  military  service  provided  by  assisted persons solely to
    14  implement this section  shall  be  protected  as  personal  confidential
    15  information  under  article  six-A  of  the  public officers law against
    16  disclosure of confidential material, and used  only  to  assist  in  the
    17  diagnosis,  treatment, assessment and handling of the veteran's problems
    18  within the agency requesting  such  information  and  in  referring  the
    19  veteran to the division of veterans' affairs for information and assist-
    20  ance  with  regard  to benefits and entitlements under federal and state
    21  law.
    22    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    23  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    24  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    25  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    26  completed on or before such effective date.