Prohibits a department, authority, division or agency of the state from offering and permitting state officers and employees to use the thruway system without paying tolls except when the use occurs in the normal course of the employment or duties of such officers and employees.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting officers and employees of the state to use the state thruway system without paying tolls during non-working hours
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would prohibit the practice of allowing employees and other officers from using the New York State Thruway without paying tolls when they are off duty. It specifically disallows all state agencies, authorities and other state entities from using the system free of charge.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the public authorities law by adding a new section which disallows the Thruway from offering state entities a off-work hours free ezpass for employees of any state agency, authority or entity a pass to access the New York State.
Section 2 gives the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: While during working hours, it is understandable that New York State Thruway employees may pass through the tolls without charge due to the traveling that their job may demand. It is not acceptable, however, for these employees to be doing so during non-working hours at the expense of the New York State. This legislation would prohibit this odious practice which accounted for 14 million dollars in expenses in just the last year alone.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3209/A.1085 of 2009-2010; Reported and Committed to Finance S.7485-B/A.10569-B of 2007-2008; Amended & Recommitted to Senate Transportation Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State but will save taxpayers millions of dollars.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 175 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, GRIFFO, LIBOUS, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting officers and employees of the state to use the state thruway system without paying tolls during non-working hours THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 388 to read as follows: S 388. LIMITATION ON POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY. A DEPARTMENT, AUTHORI- TY, DIVISION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE SHALL NOT OFFER OR PERMIT ANY OFFI- CER OR EMPLOYEE OF SUCH DEPARTMENT, AUTHORITY, DIVISION OR AGENCY TO USE A PASS TO ACCESS AND/OR USE THE THRUWAY SYSTEM WITHOUT THE OFFICER'S OR EMPLOYEE'S PERSONAL PAYMENT OF TOLLS EXCEPT WHEN THE USE OF SUCH A PASS AND/OR USE OF THE THRUWAY SYSTEM WITHOUT PERSONAL PAYMENT OF TOLLS OCCURS IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF THE EMPLOYMENT OR DUTIES OF SUCH OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT DIMINISH THE RIGHTS OF ANY EMPLOYEE PURSUANT TO A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01062-01-1