Bill Text: NY S06014 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

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Bill Title: Establishes the New York task force on automated vehicle technology to study and assess the future of automated vehicle technology.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-02-10 - ADVANCED TO THIRD READING [S06014 Detail]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          6014

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      May 16, 2019
                                       ___________

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

        AN ACT establishing the New York task force on automated  vehicle  tech-
          nology; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expi-
          ration thereof

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

     1    Section 1. Legislative findings. The Legislature finds that  automated
     2  vehicle technology offers widely anticipated and revolutionary potential
     3  for  the  transportation  sector.  Among the unprecedented opportunities
     4  offered by this technology are inclusive  mobility  options  to  benefit
     5  disadvantaged,  disabled  and elderly residents; as congestion and emis-
     6  sions mitigation; improved livable land use, and  basic  road.  Further,
     7  the  legislature  has  amended section 2 of part FF of chapter 55 of the
     8  laws of 2017, relating to motor vehicles equipped with autonomous  vehi-
     9  cle  technology,  as amended by section 2 of part H of chapter 58 of the
    10  laws of 2018, as amended by section 1 of part M of  chapter  58  of  the
    11  laws  of  2019,  to  allow for a two-year testing program for automobile
    12  manufacturers and technology leaders to test and  demonstrate  automated
    13  vehicle technology in New York, which will expire and be deemed repealed
    14  April  1,  2021.    Consequently,  the legislature finds that there is a
    15  pressing need for policymakers to study automated vehicle technology and
    16  formulate comprehensive laws and regulations  to  ensure  the  state  is
    17  prepared for the safe deployment of automobiles equipped with this tech-
    18  nology  and to help prepare the state's role in a future where automated
    19  vehicle technology plays in shaping  our  roadways,  economy,  education
    20  system, and society.
    21    To  this  end,  it is in the public interest to establish an automated
    22  vehicle task force that shall study, evaluate  and  develop  recommenda-
    23  tions  relating  to  specific actionable measures that address how auto-

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11841-01-9

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     1  mated vehicle technology will transform the state's  roadways,  economy,
     2  education system, and society.
     3    §  2.  Automated  vehicle task force. The New York task force on auto-
     4  mated vehicle technology is hereby established to study and  assess  the
     5  future  of  automated  vehicle  technology.    For purposes of this act,
     6  "automated vehicle" shall mean a motor vehicle that has  the  capability
     7  to drive the vehicle without the active control or monitoring of a human
     8  operator. Such task force shall consist of seventeen members with demon-
     9  strated  expertise in issues relating to the work of the task force. The
    10  members of the task force shall be appointed as follows:
    11    (a) five members shall be appointed by  the  governor,  such  member's
    12  expertise  shall  encompass,  but  not be limited to, the topic areas of
    13  transportation, research and development, education, people  with  disa-
    14  bilities; one of such member shall be the commissioner of the department
    15  of  motor vehicles and shall serve as chairperson of the task force; and
    16  one member shall be the commissioner of the department of transportation
    17  and shall serve as vice chair;
    18    (b) two members shall be appointed by the temporary president  of  the
    19  senate;
    20    (c) two members shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
    21    (d) one member shall be appointed by the senate minority leader;
    22    (e) one member shall be appointed by the assembly minority leader;
    23    (f)  one  member  shall  be  appointed  by the chancellor of the state
    24  university of New York; such member shall be  a  member  of  a  research
    25  faculty  of  an engineering department at a state university of New York
    26  campus;
    27    (g) one member shall be appointed by  the  commission  on  independent
    28  colleges  and  universities  from a New York private university research
    29  faculty of an engineering department;
    30    (h) two such appointees shall be representatives of differing original
    31  equipment manufacturers;
    32    (i) one member shall be appointed by the president of AFL-CIO; and
    33    (j) one member shall be appointed by the New York state business coun-
    34  cil.
    35    § 3. All appointments shall be made no later than  the  thirtieth  day
    36  after the effective date of this section. Vacancies in the membership of
    37  the  task  force  shall be filled in the same manner provided for by the
    38  original appointments. The task force shall organize as soon as  practi-
    39  cable  following  the  appointment of its members. The chairperson shall
    40  appoint a secretary who shall not be a member of  the  task  force.  The
    41  members  of  the  task  force  shall  receive  no compensation for their
    42  services.
    43    § 4. The task force shall study, evaluate and develop  recommendations
    44  relating  to  specific  actionable  measures  that address how automated
    45  vehicle technology will transform the state's roadways, economy,  educa-
    46  tion  system  and  society. The automated vehicle task force shall study
    47  how to support the safe testing, deployment and operation  of  automated
    48  vehicle  technology on public highways. It shall take all of the follow-
    49  ing into consideration:  (a)  the  measures  necessary  to  successfully
    50  implement automated vehicles, including any legislative changes; (b) the
    51  difficulties  and  liabilities  that  could  arise by allowing automated
    52  vehicles on public highways; (c) how automated  vehicle  technology  can
    53  promote  research and development in this state; and (d) any other issue
    54  the committee deems relevant.
    55    § 5. The task force shall be entitled  to  request  and  receive,  and
    56  shall  utilize such facilities, resources and data of any court, depart-

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     1  ment, division, board, bureau, commission or agency of the state or  any
     2  political  subdivision  thereof as it may reasonably request to properly
     3  carry out its powers and duties.
     4    §  6.  In  carrying  out its functions, the task force shall hold five
     5  public hearings around  the  state  to  foster  discussions  among,  and
     6  conduct  formal  public hearings with requisite public notice to solicit
     7  input and recommendations from statewide and regional stakeholder inter-
     8  ests.
     9    § 7. The task force shall report its findings and  recommendations  to
    10  the  governor,  the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of
    11  the assembly on or before April first, two thousand twenty-one.
    12    § 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
    13  deemed repealed 2 years after such date.
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