Bill Text: NY S06754 | 2023-2024 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Provides that contract cost adjustments in the middle of contract terms for school districts transportation contracts shall be at no additional cost to the state, locality or school district unless such amendment is necessary to comply with the statewide transition to zero-emission buses and provided that it has been established by the contractor that there has been at least an equivalent increase in the amount of such contractor's cost of operation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2024-01-03 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION [S06754 Detail]

Download: New_York-2023-S06754-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         6754--A

                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                       May 9, 2023
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by Sens. KENNEDY, SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Education  --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to contract cost  adjust-
          ments in the middle of contract terms for school districts transporta-
          tion contracts

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

     1    Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 14 of section 305 of the  educa-
     2  tion  law,  as  added  by chapter 552 of the laws of 1995, is amended to
     3  read as follows:
     4    d. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs a, b  and  c  of  this
     5  subdivision,  the  board of education or the trustee of a district and a
     6  contractor providing pupil transportation services to such district  may
     7  amend  a  contract for pupil transportation services upon a finding that
     8  such amendment is necessary to comply with any federal, state  or  local
     9  law, rule or regulation imposed after the execution of such contract, or
    10  to  enhance  the  safety  of  pupil transportation, as determined by the
    11  board or trustee subject to the approval of the commissioner pursuant to
    12  regulations which shall require demonstrable enhancements in pupil safe-
    13  ty and/or increased savings consistent with  maintaining  pupil  safety.
    14  Such  amendment shall cause no additional cost to the state, locality or
    15  school district  unless such amendment is necessary to comply  with  the
    16  statewide  transition to zero-emission buses pursuant to section thirty-
    17  six hundred thirty-eight of this chapter and provided that it  has  been
    18  established by the contractor that there has been at least an equivalent
    19  increase  in  the  amount  of  such  contractor's cost of operation. The
    20  commissioner shall not approve such an  amendment  if  the  commissioner
    21  finds that it circumvents the competitive bidding requirements contained
    22  in  paragraph  a of this subdivision, or otherwise violates this section

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11230-03-3

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     1  or any other provision of law, or fails  to  increase  or  maintain  the
     2  safety of pupil transportation.
     3    §  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
     4  the amendments to paragraph d of subdivision 14 of section  305  of  the
     5  education law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expi-
     6  ration  and repeal of such paragraph and shall be deemed repealed there-
     7  with.
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