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


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

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-20 - COMMITTED TO RULES [S01026 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01026-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1026--A
            Cal. No. 51

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    January 10, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sens. RIVERA, KENNEDY, SANDERS -- read twice and ordered
          printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Trans-
          portation  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first
          and second report, ordered to a third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
          reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

        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  494 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
     3    3. The commissioner, in consultation with the director of the division
     4  of veterans' services, 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  article  or  subdivision  one of section five
    10  hundred two of this chapter, upon his or her request, to the division of
    11  veterans' services, consistent with  the  provisions  of  section  three
    12  hundred  fifty-four-a  of the executive law. Such process shall ensure a
    13  space is provided for applicant to demonstrate  his  or  her  intent  to
    14  share  his or her application information with the division of veterans'
    15  services, to enable the division of veterans' services to provide  bene-
    16  fits  information  to  applicant. Such process shall also be exempt from
    17  subdivision two of section eighty-seven of the public officers law.
    18    § 2. Section 508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a
    19  new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
    20    6. The commissioner, in consultation with the director of the division
    21  of veterans' services, is directed to establish a process by  which  the

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00712-05-9

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     1  department  shall  refer  driver's license and non-driver identification
     2  card applicants requesting and obtaining a notation upon such license or
     3  non-driver identification card that he or she is a veteran of the United
     4  States  armed  forces  pursuant  to  subdivision  three  of section four
     5  hundred ninety of this  chapter  or  subdivision  one  of  section  five
     6  hundred two of this article, upon his or her request, to the division of
     7  veterans'  services,  consistent  with  the  provisions of section three
     8  hundred fifty-four-a of the executive law.  Such process shall ensure  a
     9  space  is  provided  for  applicant  to demonstrate his or her intent to
    10  share his or her application information with the division of  veterans'
    11  services,  to enable the division of veterans' services to provide bene-
    12  fits information to applicant. Such process shall also  be  exempt  from
    13  subdivision two of section eighty-seven of the public officers law.
    14    §  3.  Section  353  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
    15  subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
    16    1-a. To establish, direct, and supervise a veterans' public engagement
    17  program unit to contact veterans and potential beneficiaries of veterans
    18  benefits, with the goal of obtaining all the benefits a veteran  or  the
    19  veteran's claimant earned through their service to our country.
    20    §  4.  Section  354-a of the executive law, as amended by section 8 of
    21  part AA of chapter 56 of the  laws  of  2019,  is  amended  to  read  as
    22  follows:
    23    § 354-a. Information  on  status  of  veterans  receiving  assistance.
    24  Departments, divisions, bureaus, boards, commissions and agencies of the
    25  state and political  subdivisions  thereof,  which  provide  assistance,
    26  treatment,  counseling,  care,  supervision  or custody in service areas
    27  involving health, mental health, family services,  criminal  justice  or
    28  employment,  including  but  not limited to the office of alcoholism and
    29  substance abuse services, office of mental health, office  of  probation
    30  and  correctional  alternatives, office of children and family services,
    31  office of temporary and disability  assistance,  department  of  health,
    32  department  of  labor,  local  workforce  investment  boards, office for
    33  people with developmental disabilities, and  department  of  corrections
    34  and  community  supervision,  shall  request assisted persons to provide
    35  information with regard to their veteran  status  and  military  experi-
    36  ences.  Individuals  identifying themselves as veterans, including indi-
    37  viduals requesting and obtaining a veterans notation on  their  driver's
    38  license  or  non-driver  identification  card  pursuant to sections four
    39  hundred ninety and five hundred two of  the  vehicle  and  traffic  law,
    40  shall  be  advised  that  the  division  of veterans' services and local
    41  veterans' service agencies established pursuant to section three hundred
    42  fifty-seven of this article provide  assistance  to  veterans  regarding
    43  benefits  under  federal  and  state law. Information regarding veterans
    44  status and military service  provided  by  assisted  persons  solely  to
    45  implement this section shall be disclosed to the New York state division
    46  of  veterans'  services  for  use  in  such  division's veterans' public
    47  engagement program established pursuant to section three hundred  fifty-
    48  three  of  this  article and shall be protected as personal confidential
    49  information under article six-A  of  the  public  officers  law  against
    50  disclosure  of  confidential  material,  and  used only to assist in the
    51  diagnosis, treatment, assessment and handling of the veteran's  problems
    52  within  the  agency  requesting  such  information  and in referring the
    53  veteran to the  division  of  veterans'  services  for  information  and
    54  assistance  with  regard  to benefits and entitlements under federal and
    55  state law.

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     1    § 5. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
     2  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
     3  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
     4  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
     5  completed on or before such effective date.
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