Bill Text: NY S06229 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the appointees to the interagency coordinating committee on rural public transportation, and transportation of eligible persons residing in a rural area.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-13 - referred to transportation [S06229 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S06229-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      May 24, 2019

        Introduced  by  Sens. MAY, 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; and to amend
          the social services law, in relation to the transportation of eligible
          persons residing in a rural area

          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, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 73-d. Interagency coordinating committee on rural public transporta-
     4  tion. 1. There is hereby created a committee to be known as the "intera-
     5  gency  coordinating  committee  on  rural  public transportation", to be
     6  comprised of nineteen members. The commissioner or his or  her  designee
     7  shall  serve as chairperson. Twelve of such members shall be the follow-
     8  ing or his or her duly designated representative: the  director  of  the
     9  office for the aging; the commissioner of education; the commissioner of
    10  labor;  the  commissioner  of  health; the commissioner of the office of
    11  mental  health;  the  commissioner  of  the  office  of  alcoholism  and
    12  substance  abuse  services;  the  commissioner  of the office [of mental
    13  retardation and] for people with developmental disabilities; the commis-
    14  sioner of [social services; state advocate for the disabled] the  office
    15  for  temporary  and disability assistance; the executive director of the
    16  New York state justice center for the protection of people with  special
    17  needs;  the  secretary  of  state;  the  commissioner of agriculture and
    18  markets[; the director of the office of rural affairs] and the [director
    19  of the division for youth] commissioner of the office  of  children  and
    20  family  services.  Six  additional  members, [all] five of whom shall be
    21  transportation providers or consumers representing  rural  counties  and
    22  one  shall  be  a  representative of a labor union affiliated with rural
    23  public transportation systems receiving  public  transportation  systems

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

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     1  operating  assistance  account funds, shall be appointed to serve a term
     2  of three years as follows: two by the [president pro-tempore]  temporary
     3  president  of the senate, two by the speaker of the assembly, one by the
     4  minority  leader  of  the  senate, and one by the minority leader of the
     5  assembly. Efforts shall be made to provide  a  broad  representation  of
     6  consumers  and  providers  of  transportation services in rural counties
     7  when making such appointments.  [Members of the committee shall  receive
     8  no salary.] The six members appointed by the legislature, as well as the
     9  commissioner  or  his  or her designee, shall be the voting members. The
    10  balance of the committee will serve in an advisory or consulting capaci-
    11  ty. The committee shall keep a record of its official actions.
    12    The commissioner shall cause the department to provide  staff  assist-
    13  ance  necessary for the efficient and effective operation of the commit-
    14  tee.
    15    2. The committee shall[:], for a two-year period  beginning  no  later
    16  than one year after the effective date of the chapter of the laws of two
    17  thousand  nineteen  that  amended this section, meet at least once every
    18  three months and at least once every four months thereafter,  and  shall
    19  annually  report  to the governor, the temporary president of the senate
    20  and the speaker of the assembly.  The annual report shall:
    21    a. identify existing rural transportation systems and provide data  on
    22  ridership, revenue, and financial challenges for each system;
    23    b.  identify  rural populations currently utilizing public transporta-
    24  tion, as well as populations in need of  public  transportation  without
    25  access,  and  discuss  recommendations for maintaining, coordinating and
    26  expanding services;
    27    c. include a breakdown by county of cost savings, modes of transporta-
    28  tion provided to Medicaid patients, and rates of utilization  of  public
    29  transportation by Medicaid patients;
    30    d.  identify programs and the annual amounts and sources of funds from
    31  such programs that are eligible to be  used  to  support  a  coordinated
    32  public  transportation  service,  and  the annual amounts and sources of
    33  such funds that are actually  used  for  client  transportation  or  for
    34  transportation  of persons in connection with agency-affiliated programs
    35  or services; such data shall be provided on a county basis;
    36    [b.] e. identify restrictions on existing programs that inhibit  funds
    37  from  such programs being used to pay for a coordinated public transpor-
    38  tation service in rural counties;
    39    [c.] f. recommend changes in state or local laws or  regulations  that
    40  would  improve the coordination of funds, facilities, vehicles or equip-
    41  ment and other resources used for transportation at the local level;
    42    [d.] g. upon request, compile and forward to the commissioner any data
    43  or other information required by this section.
    44    3. A majority of the whole number of voting members of  the  committee
    45  shall  constitute  a quorum for the transaction of the committee's busi-
    46  ness. The committee shall have the power to act by a  majority  vote  of
    47  the  voting  members.  Committee  members  shall hold office until their
    48  successors have been appointed and  have  qualified.  The  selection  of
    49  successors  to  fill a vacancy shall be made in the same manner in which
    50  the retiring committee members shall have been selected.  Members of the
    51  committee shall receive no salary or other compensation,  but  shall  be
    52  entitled  to  their  actual  and necessary expenses, including traveling
    53  expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.
    54    § 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision 4 of section  365-h  of  the
    55  social  services law is designated paragraph (a) and a new paragraph (b)
    56  is added to read as follows:

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     1    (b) Where the commissioner of health elects to assume  such  responsi-
     2  bility  from  a local social services district authorized transportation
     3  for an eligible person, whose originating location exists within a coun-
     4  ty defined as a rural area pursuant to subdivision seven of section four
     5  hundred  eighty-one of the executive law, shall be assigned to an exist-
     6  ing public transportation system,  as  defined  in  subdivision  one  of
     7  section eighteen-b of the transportation law, if that system provides an
     8  appropriate, available and least expensive mode of transportation.
     9    §  3.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
    10  section two of this act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after  it
    11  shall  have  become  a  law  and that the amendments to subdivision 4 of
    12  section 365-h of the social services law, made by section  two  of  this
    13  act,  shall  not  affect  the expiration and repeal of such section, and
    14  shall expire and be deemed repealed therewith.