Bill Text: NY A00853 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Exempts school buses and parts, equipment, lubricants and fuel purchased and used in their operation from sales and use tax; establishes a green ribbon panel to research and report on greener school buses.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 16-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-06 - referred to ways and means [A00853 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A00853-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY


                                     January 6, 2021

        Introduced  by  M. of A. JEAN-PIERRE, WOERNER, THIELE, MIKULIN, EPSTEIN,
          WILLIAMS,  DARLING, HYNDMAN, GRIFFIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

        AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to exempting from sales and use
          tax school buses; establishes a green ribbon panel to research greener
          school buses

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Section  1115  of  the tax law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision (ll) to read as follows:
     3    (ll) Notwithstanding any other  provision  of  law  to  the  contrary,
     4  receipts  from  the  sale  of  school  buses, as such term is defined in
     5  section one hundred forty-two of the vehicle and traffic law and  parts,
     6  equipment,  lubricants  and  fuel purchased and used in their operation,
     7  shall be exempt from taxes imposed by this article.
     8    § 2. (a) The commissioner  of  education,  in  consultation  with  the
     9  commissioner  of  motor  vehicles and the New York state energy research
    10  and development authority, shall establish a "Green Ribbon Panel"  which
    11  shall research and develop recommendations for upgrading school buses to
    12  be greener and cleaner.
    13    (b)  The  Green Ribbon Panel shall be composed of 12 members appointed
    14  by the commissioner of education provided that of such 12 members: three
    15  members shall be appointed upon  the  recommendation  of  the  governor,
    16  three  members  shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the tempo-
    17  rary president of the senate, three members shall be appointed upon  the
    18  recommendation of the speaker of the assembly, and the remaining members
    19  shall  be appointed in the sole discretion of the commissioner of educa-
    20  tion. The members of the Green  Ribbon  Panel  shall  include  represen-
    21  tatives  from  each  of  the  following groups: the school bus industry,

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

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     1  environmental protection groups, researchers on green  vehicles,  school
     2  personnel, and parents of school-aged children.
     3    (c)  The  recommendations of the Green Ribbon Panel shall include, but
     4  not be limited to, electric power,  retrofitting  current  school  buses
     5  with green technology, and any other option which will have an immediate
     6  and  long term impact on reducing harmful emissions from school buses in
     7  New York State.
     8    (d) The members of the Green Ribbon Panel  shall  receive  no  compen-
     9  sation  for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and neces-
    10  sary expenses incurred in the performance of their  duties  pursuant  to
    11  this act.
    12    (e)  The  Green Ribbon Panel shall convene on or before August 1, 2022
    13  to develop its recommendations.  On  or  before  January  1,  2023,  the
    14  committee  shall  submit a preliminary report of its recommendations for
    15  consideration in the executive budget for  the  2023-2024  state  fiscal
    16  year,  and, on or before October 1, 2023, shall submit a final report of
    17  its recommendations to the governor,  the  temporary  president  of  the
    18  senate, and the speaker of the assembly.
    19    §  3. This act shall take effect on the first day of a quarterly sales
    20  tax period, as set forth in subdivision (b) of section 1136 of  the  tax
    21  law,  next  succeeding  April 1, 2022.  Effective immediately, the addi-
    22  tion, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or  regulation  necessary  for
    23  the  implementation  of this act on its effective date are authorized to
    24  be made and completed on or before such effective date.