STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4187 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 4, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sen. 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, in relation to creating the "4-H member" distinctive license plate; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the 4-H foundation 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 4-H member license plates. 1. Any person resid- 4 ing in this state shall, upon request, be issued a distinctive "4-H 5 member" license plate. Application for such license plate shall be 6 filed with the commissioner in such form and detail as the commissioner 7 shall prescribe. 8 2. A distinctive plate issued pursuant to this section shall be issued 9 in the same manner as other number plates upon the payment of the regu- 10 lar registration fee prescribed by section four hundred one of this 11 article; provided, however, that an additional annual service charge of 12 twenty-five dollars shall be charged for such plates. Such annual 13 service charge shall be deposited pursuant to the provisions of section 14 four hundred four-oo of this article, to the credit of the department of 15 motor vehicles distinctive plate development fund established by section 16 ninety-five-g of the state finance law, and shall be used for the 17 production, design, advertising and marketing of distinctive license 18 plates pursuant to such section ninety-five-g; provided, however, that 19 annual service charges collected in excess of six thousand dollars shall 20 be deposited to the credit of the New York 4-H foundation and shall be 21 used for furtherance of the 4-H program, pursuant to section 22 ninety-six-a of the state finance law. 23 § 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 96-a to 24 read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01227-01-9S. 4187 2 1 § 96-a. The 4-H foundation fund. 1. There is hereby established, in 2 the joint custody of the commissioner of taxation and finance and the 3 comptroller, a special fund to be known as the 4-H foundation fund. 4 2. Such fund shall consist of all revenues received pursuant to the 5 provisions of section four hundred four-ff of the vehicle and traffic 6 law and all other moneys appropriated, credited, or transferred thereto 7 from any other fund or source pursuant to law. Nothing contained in 8 this section shall prevent the state from receiving grants, gifts, or 9 bequests for the purposes of the fund, as defined in this section, and 10 depositing them into the fund according to law. 11 3. Monies of the fund shall be expended only for the benefit and 12 programs of the 4-H foundation. 13 4. Monies shall be payable from the fund on the audit and warrant of 14 the comptroller on vouchers approved and certified by the commissioner 15 of agriculture and markets. 16 5. To the extent possible, the commissioner of agriculture and markets 17 shall ensure that all monies received during a fiscal year are expended 18 prior to the end of that fiscal year. 19 § 3. 1. A distinctive plate established pursuant to section 404-ff of 20 the vehicle and traffic law, as added by section one of this act, shall 21 only be designed, produced and issued upon the delivery to the depart- 22 ment of motor vehicles of a surety bond in the amount of six thousand 23 dollars, which shall be executed by a surety company authorized by the 24 department of financial services to transact business in this state. 25 Provided, however, that if the commissioner of motor vehicles shall have 26 received prior to the plate design, production and issuance of at least 27 two hundred orders for such distinctive plate together with the addi- 28 tional annual service charge applicable to each such order, which shall 29 be non-refundable, no such surety bond shall be required. All such 30 service charges shall be deposited pursuant to the provisions of section 31 404-oo of the vehicle and traffic law to the credit of the department of 32 motor vehicles distinctive plate development fund established by section 33 95-g of the state finance law and shall be used for the design, 34 production, advertising and distribution of distinctive license plates 35 in accordance with such section 95-g. 36 2. If, upon the expiration of two years following the date upon which 37 distinctive plates in the series are first available for sale two 38 hundred or more sets of such plates are sold, a bond delivered pursuant 39 to this section shall be discontinued. If fewer than two hundred sets of 40 such plates are sold by such time, the department of motor vehicles 41 shall be entitled to recover against the bond in an amount proportionate 42 to such shortfall. 43 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that 44 sections one and three of this act shall take effect on the one hundred 45 eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided further, that 46 effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule 47 or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- 48 tive date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or 49 before such effective date.