Bill Text: NY S00763 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Authorizes a distinctive "guardians for schools" license plate; and establishes the guardians for schools fund.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 5-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-09 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S00763 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00763-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                           763
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                       (Prefiled)
                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sens.  TEDISCO, AKSHAR, FELDER, FUNKE, JACOBS, SEWARD --
          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, in relation to authorizing
          a distinctive "guardians for schools" license plate; and to amend  the
          state  finance  law,  in  relation  to  establishing the guardians for
          schools fund
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  vehicle  and  traffic law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 404-ff to read as follows:
     3    § 404-ff. Distinctive "guardians for schools" license plates. 1.   Any
     4  person residing in this state shall upon request be issued a distinctive
     5  "guardians  for schools" license plate bearing the phrase "guardians for
     6  schools".  Application for said license plates shall be filed  with  the
     7  commissioner   in  such  form  and  detail  as  the  commissioner  shall
     8  prescribe.
     9    2. Any distinctive plate issued pursuant  to  this  section  shall  be
    10  issued in the same manner as other number plates upon the payment of the
    11  regular  registration fee prescribed by section four hundred one of this
    12  article provided, however, that an additional annual service  charge  of
    13  twenty-five dollars shall be charged for such plate. Such annual service
    14  charge  shall  be  deposited  pursuant to the provisions of section four
    15  hundred four-oo of this article to  the  credit  of  the  guardians  for
    16  schools  fund  established  by  section  ninety-seven-yyyy  of the state
    17  finance law, and shall be used for purpose of ensuring increased securi-
    18  ty in public schools.  Provided, however, that one year after the effec-
    19  tive date of this section, funds in the amount of five thousand dollars,
    20  or so much thereof as may be available shall be allocated from such fund
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06471-01-9

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     1  to the department to offset costs associated with the production of such
     2  license plate.
     3    §  2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 97-yyyy
     4  to read as follows:
     5    § 97-yyyy.  Guardians for schools fund.   1. There  is  hereby  estab-
     6  lished  in the joint custody of the commissioner of taxation and finance
     7  and the comptroller, a special fund to be known as  the  "guardians  for
     8  schools fund".
     9    2.  Such  fund  shall consist of all revenues received pursuant to the
    10  provisions of section four hundred four-ff of the  vehicle  and  traffic
    11  law  and all other moneys appropriated, credited, or transferred thereto
    12  from any other fund or source pursuant to law. Nothing contained in this
    13  section shall prevent the state from receiving grants, gifts or bequests
    14  for the purposes of the fund as defined in this section  and  depositing
    15  them into the fund according to law.
    16    3. Moneys of the fund shall be expended for the sole purpose of ensur-
    17  ing increased security in public schools, including, but not limited to,
    18  helping  pay  for  school  resource  officers, security training, mental
    19  health counseling, metal detectors, security cameras  and  other  school
    20  building  modifications  to  improve  school safety. The commissioner of
    21  education of the state of New York shall establish guidelines and crite-
    22  ria for qualifying expenditures under this subdivision and shall promul-
    23  gate all rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions  of
    24  this subdivision.
    25    4.  Moneys  shall  be paid out of the fund on the audit and warrant of
    26  the state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by  the  commis-
    27  sioner of education of the state of New York.
    28    5. Any income earned on moneys in the guardians for schools fund shall
    29  be added to and used for the purposes of such fund.
    30    6. Monies of the fund shall be used solely for the use of school secu-
    31  rity measures and may not be diverted into the general fund.
    32    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    33  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    34  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    35  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be  made  and
    36  completed on or before such effective date.
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