Bill Text: NY A01903 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes the hyperloop and high speed rail commission to assess and study the benefits and implications of creating a high speed rail system in New York state.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 33-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-17 - referred to transportation [A01903 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01903-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          1903
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 17, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. KIM, QUART, VANEL, LUPARDO, TAYLOR, M. G. MILLER,
          MONTESANO,   D'URSO,   WRIGHT,   MAGNARELLI,   WOERNER,   JEAN-PIERRE,
          SEAWRIGHT, RIVERA, FAHY, CYMBROWITZ,  HYNDMAN,  LIFTON,  BLAKE,  NIOU,
          HEVESI,  LAVINE,  CAHILL,  JONES, MOSLEY, HUNTER, ORTIZ -- Multi-Spon-
          sored by -- M. of A.  ABBATE,  COOK,  CRESPO,  DAVILA,  GALEF,  RAMOS,
          THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation
        AN  ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to establishing the
          hyperloop and high speed rail commission
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The transportation law is amended by adding a new article
     2  23 to read as follows:
     3                                 ARTICLE 23
     4                  HYPERLOOP AND HIGH SPEED RAIL COMMISSION
     5  Section 490. Hyperloop and high speed rail commission.
     6          491. Powers and duties of the commission.
     7          492. Reporting.
     8          493. Assistance of other agencies.
     9    § 490. Hyperloop and high speed rail commission. 1.  There  is  hereby
    10  established in the department a commission, to be known as the hyperloop
    11  and high speed rail commission.
    12    2.  Such  commission shall consist of the president of the Metro-North
    13  Railroad and eleven other members to  be  appointed  as  follows:  three
    14  shall be appointed by the governor; two shall be appointed by the major-
    15  ity  leader  of the senate and two by the minority leader of the senate;
    16  and two shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly and two by the
    17  minority leader of the assembly.
    18    3. The commission members shall be appointed within thirty days  after
    19  the  effective  date  of  this  article and shall meet publicly at least
    20  quarterly.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03967-01-9

        A. 1903                             2
     1    § 491. Powers and duties of the commission. The commission shall  have
     2  the following powers and duties:
     3    1. assess and study the benefits and implications, including financial
     4  implications,  of creating a hyperloop and high speed rail system within
     5  New York state;
     6    2. plan and advise  the  department  on  future  improvements  to  the
     7  state's  rail  systems  that  are necessary to implement a hyperloop and
     8  high speed rail service in the state, including  making  recommendations
     9  for  the best governmental structure to design, build, operate, maintain
    10  and finance a hyperloop and high speed rail system;
    11    3. evaluate all available hyperloop and high speed rail  technologies,
    12  systems and operators, and make recommendations on an appropriate hyper-
    13  loop and high speed rail system;
    14    4. research options, in coordination with the department, with respect
    15  to  agreements  with  private entities necessary to permit hyperloop and
    16  high speed trains, including but not limited to agreements  relating  to
    17  track  improvements and agreements to operate a hyperloop and high speed
    18  rail system, and to provide the department with recommendations  on  the
    19  form any such agreement should take;
    20    5.  advise  and work with the department on making application for any
    21  additional funding that may be available for the development and  opera-
    22  tion  of  a hyperloop and high speed rail system in the state, provided,
    23  however, that no such funding that requires a state match of  funds  may
    24  be  sought  except  on  approval of the governor and the director of the
    25  division of the budget; and
    26    6. to issue requests for information from all companies  that  operate
    27  hyperloop  and  high  speed  rails  around  the world including, but not
    28  limited to, companies in Japan, China, South Korea and Germany,  and  to
    29  collect  and present a comprehensive outline of potential companies that
    30  could operate a hyperloop and high speed rail system in the state.
    31    § 492. Reporting. The commission shall make a report with its findings
    32  to the governor and the legislature within two years  of  the  effective
    33  date  of  this article and annually thereafter. Upon the transmission of
    34  the report to the governor and the legislature, the  commissioner  shall
    35  within  thirty  days  determine whether the commission shall continue in
    36  operation, or whether it shall be changed in some manner, or whether  it
    37  shall  be dissolved and shall report his or her findings and recommenda-
    38  tions to the governor and the legislature.
    39    § 493. Assistance of other agencies. To  effectuate  the  purposes  of
    40  this  article,  the  commission  may  request and shall receive from any
    41  department, division, board,  bureau,  commission  or  other  agency  or
    42  authority  of  the  state  such assistance, information and data as will
    43  enable the commission to properly carry out its  powers  and  duties  as
    44  described  in  section  four  hundred  ninety  one of this article. Such
    45  assistance shall not waive or impair the terms of an existing  agreement
    46  negotiated  between  the relevant employer and employee organization nor
    47  limit any obligation to  bargain  terms  and  conditions  of  employment
    48  pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law.
    49    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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