[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 2192

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JULY 19, 2010

 


Sponsored by:

Senator  JAMES BEACH

District 6 (Camden)

Senator  SEAN T. KEAN

District 11 (Monmouth)

Assemblyman  JACK CONNERS

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  DAVID P. RIBLE

District 11 (Monmouth)

Assemblywoman  NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblyman  MATTHEW W. MILAM

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  ANTHONY M. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris)

Assemblyman  SCOTT T. RUMANA

District 40 (Bergen, Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Bateman, Norcross, Oroho, Pennacchio, Doherty, Van Drew, Allen, Connors, A.R.Bucco, Beck, Gordon, Greenstein, Ruiz, Whelan, Assemblymen Amodeo, Rudder, Assemblywoman Voss, Assemblymen P. Barnes, III, Scalera, DeAngelo, Fuentes, Assemblywoman Spencer, Assemblymen Prieto, Diegnan, Assemblywoman Angelini, Assemblymen Albano, Rumpf, Assemblywoman Gove, Assemblyman Bramnick, Assemblywoman McHose, Assemblymen Wilson, Ramos, Schroeder, Greenwald, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Assemblymen Chivukula, Conaway, Assemblywoman Wagner, Assemblymen Moriarty, Coughlin, Peterson and Assemblywoman Vandervalk

 

SYNOPSIS

     Authorizes special Gold Star Family motor vehicle license plates for certain family members of military personnel who died while on active duty.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on November 22, 2010, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning motor vehicle license plates and supplementing Title 39 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  Upon proper application, the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall issue Gold Star 1[Parent] Family1 license plates for any motor vehicle owned or leased by 1[either of the parents] a family member1 of a member of the armed services who lost his life while on active duty for the United States, and registered in the State.  In addition to the registration number and other markings or identification otherwise prescribed by law, the Gold Star 1[Parent] Family1 license plate shall display a gold star and the words “Gold Star 1[Parent] Family1.”   1The license plates shall be designed by the Department of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., and approved by the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.1

     b.    As used in this section, “1[parent] family member1” means a 1[biological parent, stepparent, adoptive parent,] spouse, parent, brother, sister, child,1 legal guardian or other legal custodian1, whether of the whole or half blood or by adoption1.

 

     2.    a.  Application for issuance of a Gold Star 1[Parent] Family1 license plate shall be made to the chief administrator on forms and in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator.  In order to be deemed complete, an application shall be accompanied by proof satisfactory to the Chief Administrator that the applicant is a 1[parent] family member1 of a member of the armed services who died while on active duty for the United States.  1[The chief administrator shall collect an initial $25 fee to help defray the cost of this license plate, in addition to any other fee otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of a motor vehicle.]  Proof satisfactory may include any or all of the following: 

     (1)   a certification from the Department of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., or any other organization formed for the support of parents of members of the armed services who lost their lives while on active duty for the United States, that the applicant is either the spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, legal guardian or other legal custodian, whether of the whole or half blood or by adoption, of a member of the armed services who died while on active duty for the United States;

     (2)   documentation deemed acceptable by the Chief Administrator, including but not limited to a federal DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, which identifies the member of the armed services who died while on active duty for the United States; or

     (3)   documentation indicating the applicant’s relationship to the service member.

     The chief administrator may consult with the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs when establishing the documentation that may constitute satisfactory proof of an applicant’s relationship to a deceased service member.  In instances where an applicant is unable to produce documentation deemed acceptable to the Chief Administrator, the Adjutant General shall assist the chief administrator in making a determination of the applicant’s eligibility for a Gold Star Family license plate.

     b.    The chief administrator may designate a representative of the Department of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., or any other organization formed for the support of parents of members of the armed services who lost their lives while on active duty for the United States, who shall serve as a liaison between such organization and the commission.  The chief administrator may require an applicant for a Gold Star Family license plate to submit the application to the representative for approval.  Upon approval, the representative shall certify on the application that the applicant is either the spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, legal guardian or other legal custodian, whether of the whole or half blood or by adoption, of a member of the armed services who died while on active duty for the United States and thereby eligible for receipt of the Gold Star Family license plate.  The application shall then be forwarded to the chief administrator for final approval.1

 

     1[3.  a.  The chief administrator annually shall certify to the State Treasurer the average cost per license plate incurred in the immediately preceding year by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in producing, issuing, and renewing the Gold Star Parent license plates.  The annual certification of the average cost per license plate shall be approved by the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, or its successor.

     b.    In the event that the average cost per license plate as certified by the chief administrator and approved by the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, or its successor, is greater than the $25 application fee established in section 2 of this act in two consecutive fiscal years, the chief administrator may discontinue the issuance of the Gold Star Parent license plates.]1

 

     13.   The Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission may promulgate rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), governing the issuance and use of Gold Star Family license plates.  In promulgating such rules and regulations, the chief administrator may consult with the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, the Department of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., or any other organization formed for the support of parents of members of the armed services who lost their lives while on active duty for the United Sates.1

 

     4.    This act shall take effect 1[on] immediately, but shall remain inoperative until the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission certifies that the commission is able to issue the Gold Star Family license plate as a flat, digital license plate, but not later than1 the first day of the sixth month after enactment.