Bill Text: NY S05501 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the interagency coordinating committee on rural public transportation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-01-05 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S05501 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S05501-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      March 9, 2021

        Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

        AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to  the  interagency
          coordinating committee on rural public transportation

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

     1    Section 1. Section 73-d of the transportation law, as amended by chap-
     2  ter 562 of the laws of 1987 and subdivision 1 as amended by chapter  672
     3  of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
     4    § 73-d. Interagency coordinating committee on rural public transporta-
     5  tion. 1. There is hereby created a committee to be known as the "intera-
     6  gency  coordinating  committee  on  rural  public transportation", to be
     7  comprised of nineteen members. The commissioner or his or  her  designee
     8  shall  serve as chairperson. Twelve of such members shall be the follow-
     9  ing or his or her duly designated representative: the  director  of  the
    10  office for the aging; the commissioner of education; the commissioner of
    11  labor;  the  commissioner  of  health; the commissioner of the office of
    12  mental  health;  the  commissioner  of  the  office  of  alcoholism  and
    13  substance abuse; the commissioner of the office for people with develop-
    14  mental  disabilities;  the commissioner of [social services; state advo-
    15  cate for the disabled] the office for temporary and  disability  assist-
    16  ance;  the  executive  director of the New York state justice center for
    17  the protection of people with special needs; the secretary of state; the
    18  commissioner of agriculture and markets[; the director of the office  of
    19  rural affairs] and the [director of the division for youth] commissioner
    20  of  the  office of children and family services. Six additional members,
    21  all of whom shall be transportation providers or consumers  representing
    22  rural  counties  shall  be  appointed  to serve a term of three years as
    23  follows: two by the [president pro-tempore] temporary president  of  the
    24  senate,  two  by the speaker of the assembly, one by the minority leader
    25  of the senate, and one by the minority leader of the  assembly.  Efforts

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

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     1  shall be made to provide a broad representation of consumers and provid-
     2  ers  of  transportation  services  in  rural  counties  when making such
     3  appointments.  [Members of the committee shall receive no  salary.]  The
     4  six members appointed by the legislature, as well as the commissioner or
     5  his  or  her  designee,  shall be the voting members. The balance of the
     6  committee will serve in an advisory or consulting capacity. The  commit-
     7  tee shall keep a record of its official actions.
     8    The  commissioner  shall cause the department to provide staff assist-
     9  ance necessary for the efficient and effective operation of the  commit-
    10  tee.
    11    2.  The  committee  shall[:] meet at least once every three months and
    12  shall report to the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president  of
    13  the  senate,  and  the  governor  annually, beginning October first, two
    14  thousand twenty-two. The annual report shall:
    15    a. identify existing rural transportation systems and provide data  on
    16  ridership, revenue, and financial challenges for each system;
    17    b.  identify  rural populations currently utilizing public transporta-
    18  tion, as well as populations in need of  public  transportation  without
    19  access,  and  discuss  recommendations  for  maintaining  and  expanding
    20  services;
    21    c. include a breakdown by county of cost savings, modes of transporta-
    22  tion provided to Medicaid patients, and rates of utilization  of  public
    23  transportation by Medicaid patients;
    24    d.  identify programs and the annual amounts and sources of funds from
    25  such programs that are eligible to be  used  to  support  a  coordinated
    26  public  transportation  service,  and  the annual amounts and sources of
    27  such funds that are actually  used  for  client  transportation  or  for
    28  transportation  of persons in connection with agency-affiliated programs
    29  or services; such data shall be provided on a county basis;
    30    [b.] e. identify restrictions on existing programs that inhibit  funds
    31  from  such programs being used to pay for a coordinated public transpor-
    32  tation service in rural counties;
    33    [c.] f. recommend changes in state or local laws or  regulations  that
    34  would  improve the coordination of funds, facilities, vehicles or equip-
    35  ment and other resources used for transportation at the local level[;
    36    d. upon request, compile and forward to the commissioner any  data  or
    37  other information required by this section].
    38    3.  The  committee  shall  be  required to examine reimbursement rates
    39  developed by transportation managers pursuant  to  subdivision  four  of
    40  section  three hundred sixty-five-h of the social services law for coun-
    41  ties with a population of two hundred thousand or  less.  The  committee
    42  shall  submit recommendations for proposed and effective rates for rural
    43  communities to the commissioner of health with  recommendations  includ-
    44  ing,  but  not limited to, adjustments to individual ridership fares for
    45  public transportation utilization, rates for low-cost coordinated trans-
    46  portation with other human  service  agencies,  and  rates  for  private
    47  transportation with considerations of availability and cost savings.
    48    The  commissioner  of health shall consult with the committee prior to
    49  approval of rates proposed  under  subdivision  four  of  section  three
    50  hundred  sixty-five-h  of  the  social  services law for counties with a
    51  population of two hundred thousand or less.  Any  proposal  for  a  rate
    52  adjustment for rural communities after approval shall be examined by the
    53  committee prior to approval by the commissioner.
    54    4.  A  majority of the whole number of voting members of the committee
    55  shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the  committee's  busi-
    56  ness.  The  committee  shall have the power to act by a majority vote of

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     1  the voting members. Committee members  shall  hold  office  until  their
     2  successors  have  been  appointed  and  have qualified. The selection of
     3  successors to fill a vacancy shall be made in the same manner  in  which
     4  the retiring committee members shall have been selected.  Members of the
     5  committee  shall  receive  no salary or other compensation, but shall be
     6  entitled to their actual and  necessary  expenses,  including  traveling
     7  expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.