A08524 Summary:

BILL NOA08524A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07441-A
 
SPONSOROrtiz
 
COSPNSRDavila, Pichardo, Taylor, Mosley, Cook, Seawright, Carroll, De La Rosa, Quart
 
MLTSPNSRSimon, Titone
 
Amd 502, V & T L
 
Provides three options for the designation of sex by applicants for driver's licenses and learner's permits.
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A08524 Actions:

BILL NOA08524A
 
06/19/2017referred to transportation
01/03/2018referred to transportation
06/01/2018amend and recommit to transportation
06/01/2018print number 8524a
06/05/2018reported referred to ways and means
06/19/2018reported referred to rules
06/19/2018reported
06/19/2018rules report cal.406
06/19/2018ordered to third reading rules cal.406
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A08524 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8524A
 
SPONSOR: Ortiz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the designation of sex by applicants for driver's licenses and learner's permits   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow New York State residents to identify as "non-binary," neither male nor female, on their driver licenses and identification cards.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of this bill amends section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law adding a new subdivision 8 where any application required pursuant to this section that requires the applicant to designate his or her sex shall provide three options. Such options shall include "Male, "female", and "X". Option "X" may be designated by any applicant who does not identify as male or female. Section 2 requires the department of motor vehicle to promulgate rules and regulation and amend forms necessary to carry out the provisions of this act. Section 3 This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law; provided, however, that effective imme- diately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regu- lations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.   JUSTIFICATION: As it stands, the only gender options given to applicants on driver's licenses is either male or female. As issues dealing with gender identi- ty become more and more prevalent in our society, institutions must begin to reflect the changes taking place. A 2016 study by the Williams Institute found that 1.4 million people identify as transgender. This study highlights how a significant portion of the population does not currently conform to the stereotypical gender assignments of male and female. This law aims to adapt the current driv- er's license and permit applications to accommodate those who do not identify as either male or female and provide a third option. For individuals who are transgender or gender non-conforming, having to identify as either male or female on an official document is degrading to that individual's personal identity. We should uphold and respect a person's personal decision to identify in the way they feel comfortable and one should not be forced to identify themselves as something they are not.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Yet to be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law.
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A08524 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         8524--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 19, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. ORTIZ, DAVILA, PICHARDO, TAYLOR, MOSLEY, COOK,
          SEAWRIGHT, CARROLL, DE LA ROSA --  Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.
          SIMON,  TITONE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transpor-
          tation -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance
          with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the desig-
          nation of sex  by  applicants  for  driver's  licenses  and  learner's
          permits
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law  is  amended  by
     2  adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
     3    8.  Designation  of  sex.  Any  application  required pursuant to this
     4  section that requires the applicant to designate his or  her  sex  shall
     5  provide  three  options. Such options shall include "male", "female" and
     6  "X". For purposes of this subdivision, option "X" may be  designated  by
     7  any applicant who does not identify as male or female.
     8    §  2.  The  department  of  motor vehicles is authorized to promulgate
     9  rules and regulations  and  amend  forms  necessary  to  carry  out  the
    10  provisions of this act.
    11    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    12  it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
    13  ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
    14  necessary for the implementation of this act on its  effective  date  is
    15  authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13243-04-8
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A08524 LFIN:

 NO LFIN
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