Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction & conservation program which will develop and assist in implementing strategies to reduce fuel consumption by the state's motor vehicle fleet and to reduce solo trips between work and home by state employees; requires reporting to the governor and legislature.
BILL NUMBER: S2273A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the "state workforce fuel reduction and conservation act"
PURPOSE : Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction and conservation program which will develop and assist in implementing strategies to reduce fuel consumption
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one establishes the "State Workforce Fuel Reduction and Conservation Act."
* directs the Office of General Services (OGS) to review the State's vehicular fleet as well as the use of that fleet, to determine whether alternative fuel vehicles can be used, and whether trip reduction can be used to reduce gasoline consumption; and
* directs OGS, in conjunction with the Governor's Office of Employee relations and the Office for Technology, to issue a report setting forth a specific plan to reduce the number of solo motor vehicle trips between home and the workplace by state employees and state contractors.
Section three directs State agencies to establish programs to increase the average passenger occupancy per vehicle in commuting trips between home and the workplace.
Section four directs each State agency to perform fuel efficiency audits of their fleets.
Section five directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop programs to educate the driving public on "smart driving", trip reduction, and vehicle maintenance practices.
Section six prohibits any part of this Act from impairing any collective bargaining agreements.
Section seven is the enacting date.
EXISTING LAW : This legislation adds a new section to Executive Law.
JUSTIFICATION : The United States uses a lot of energy - nearly a million dollars worth of energy each minute, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. with less than five percent of the world's population, we consume almost one quarter of the world's energy resources.
The average American consumes six times the world average per capita consumption of energy. Every time we fill up our vehicles or open our utility bills, we are reminded of the economic impacts of energy.
As the third most populous state in the union, with over 19 million people, New York contains 15% of the country's people, so we could say that New Yorkers use $150,000 worth of energy each and every minute of the day.
The choices we make now about how we use energy -- turning machines off when not in use or choosing to buy energy efficient appliances will have increasing impacts on the quality of our environment and lives.
There are many things we can do to use less energy and use it more wisely. These things involve energy conservation and energy efficiency.
Efficiency and conservation are key components of energy sustainability the concept that every generation should meet their energy needs without compromising the energy needs of future generations. Energy sustainability focuses on long-term energy strategies and policies that ensure adequate energy to meet today's needs, as well as tomorrow's.
Beyond conservation, states have little leverage over the cost of gasoline because it is a commodity traded on world markets. The bottom line is, we've got to use less.
Today's gas price crisis provides us in New York state with an opportunity to get our own energy house in order. New York State government is a major consumer of energy, spending approximately $300 million a year just on energy costs alone. New York's agencies and authorities annually consume nearly 50 million gallons of diesel fuel and 55 million gallons of heating oil.
The State's workforce numbers nearly 160,000, and because the average American uses 500 gallons of gasoline every year, driving each vehicle about 12,000 miles, at $3.00 per gallon that equals $1500 a year in fuel costs per worker.
We need to address things like limiting all nonessential travel by state employees and State use of SUVs, and addressing soaring fuel prices by implementing programs to reduce fuel consumption by state employees, agencies, and authorities. This legislation aims to do just that.
Implementing the strategy of conservation and efficiency measures, backed by strong education components outlined in this legislation, may be the most effective strategy we have to sharply curtail our dependence of foreign oil, while.making historic strides in improving our environmental quality and reducing our energy consumption.
This bill calls for a comprehensive program to provide the State's workforce agencies and authorities with leadership roles in moving New York State ' toward becoming the model fuel conservation state.
The bill will:
* direct the Office of General Services to review the State's vehicular fleet as well as the use of that fleet, to determine whether alternative fuel vehicles can be used, and whether trip reduction can be used to reduce gasoline consumption
* direct OGS to develop and properly promote a comprehensive carpooling program
* direct all state agencies to perform fuel efficiency audits of their own transportation systems and fleets
* authorize agencies to implement commuter trip reduction programs that will encourage employees who drive alone to work to consider using an alternative commute mode such as car or van pools, mass transit, biking or walking
* authorize agencies and authorities to permit alternative work schedules or telecommuting for all state employees where possible * direct the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop programs to educate the driving public on conservation techniques, and
* direct OGS to study a plan to reimburse State employees for their mass transit costs
The best way to work our way out of our energy crisis is through a concentrated effort by all of us to conserve, to use energy efficient appliances, cars, buildings and lifestyles, and to lead by example by making New York a model state toward an energy efficient future.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2006: S.8245 2008: S.2649
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to State.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to localities.
EFFECTIVE DATE : The act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2273--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 17, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. PARKER, KRUEGER, ONORATO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investi- gations and Government Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the "state workforce fuel reduction and conservation act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "state workforce fuel reduction and conservation act". S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 201-b to read as follows: S 201-B. STATE WORKFORCE FUEL REDUCTION AND CONSERVATION ACT. 1. THERE SHALL BE CREATED WITHIN THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES A STATE WORKFORCE FUEL REDUCTION AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING AND ASSISTING IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIES TO REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION BY THE STATE'S MOTOR VEHICULAR FLEET, AND TO REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION THROUGH SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS BETWEEN HOME AND THE WORKPLACE BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS. 2. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES, IN COORDINATION WITH THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS AND THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY, SHALL ISSUE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND TEN, SETTING FORTH A SPECIFIC PLAN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS BETWEEN HOME AND THE WORKPLACE BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS. SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE, AT A MINIMUM, PROPOSALS TO PROMOTE THE USE OF TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN VIA SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES BY STATE EMPLOYEES TO AND FROM THE WORKPLACE, AND WHILE AT THE WORKPLACE: PROPOSALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SOLO TRIP REDUCTION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01018-02-0 S. 2273--A 2
STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS TO USE AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF COMMUTING SUCH AS CAR OR VAN POOLS, MASS TRANSIT, BIKING OR WALKING; AUTHORIZING STATE AGENCIES AND AUTHORITIES TO PERMIT ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULES OR TELECOMMUTING FOR ALL STATE EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS WHERE DOING SO WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN HOME-WORKPLACE TRAVEL WITHOUT DECREASING EMPLOYEE EFFICIENCY; AND A PROPOSAL TO REIMBURSE STATE EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS FOR MASS TRANSIT COSTS WHERE DOING SO RESULTS IN A NET REDUCTION IN SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS. 3. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL REVIEW THE SIZE OF THE STATE'S VEHICULAR FLEET, THE POLICIES GOVERNING THE USE OF SUCH FLEET AND THE ACTUAL USE OF SUCH FLEET, AND SHALL ISSUE TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGIS- LATURE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND TEN, A SPECIFIC PLAN TO REDUCE THE USE OF SUCH FLEET IN ORDER TO REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION. S 3. Each state agency covered by section 201-b of the executive law, establishing a program to increase the average passenger occupancy per vehicle in commuting trips between home and the workplace, shall report to the office of general services on the status of such program within one hundred eighty days of the effective date of this act, and on the fifteenth day of January in each year thereafter. S 4. Each state agency that maintains its own vehicular fleet shall perform a fuel efficiency audit of such fleet and shall provide such audit to the office of general services within one hundred eighty days of the effective date of this act. S 5. The department of motor vehicles shall develop programs to educate the driving public on "smart driving," trip reduction and vehi- cle maintenance practices that are designed to maximize vehicle fuel efficiency. The department shall issue a report to the governor and the legislature on or before November 15, 2010 on the status of such program. S 6. Nothing in this act shall impair any agreements which may be made as a result of collective bargaining or other negotiations between the state and its affected employee organizations. S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.