Provides for the exemption of honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces of the United States from New York State Thruway tolls; provides reimbursement for any loss in net revenue up to one hundred thousand dollars.
BILL NUMBER: S2683
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public authorities law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the exemption of certain veterans from tolls collected by the New York State thruway authority
PURPOSE : To provide honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. an exemption from thruway tolls.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Subdivision 4 of section 1630 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to read as follows: Charging of tolls, taxes, fees, licenses or permits for the use of the highway or any of its parts, where the imposition thereof is authorized by law, No such toll shall be imposed by the New York state thruway authority upon honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces of the United States.
JUSTIFICATION : The bill would provide a benefit to those who have honorably served our country at a nominal cost. Passage of this bill would not only provide recognition to former service men, but would also provide another incentive to individuals considering joining the military.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2001/2002 A.5982 Referred to Corporations, Authorities, Commissions 2003/2004 A.5599 2007/2008 S.4846
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Undetermined.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : 120 days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2683 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 26, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the public authorities law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the exemption of certain veterans from tolls collected by the New York State thruway authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 361 of the public authorities law, as amended by chapter 621 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: (a) In addition to the powers conferred by the vehicle and traffic law, the authority is hereby authorized to promulgate such rules and regulations for the use and occupancy of the thruway as may be necessary and proper for the public safety and convenience, for the preservation of its property and for the collection of tolls and provided further that the authority, in consultation with the departments of environ- mental conservation and transportation, is hereby authorized to promul- gate rules and regulations necessary to implement a heavy duty vehicle roadside inspection program pursuant to section 19-0320 of the environ- mental conservation law. SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL AUTHORIZE THE EXEMPTION FROM THE COLLECTION OF SUCH TOLLS UPON HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES. SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL BE IN SUCH FORM AND MANNER AS THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROVIDE. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 1630 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to read as follows: 4. Charging of tolls, taxes, fees, licenses or permits for the use of the highway or any of its parts, where the imposition thereof is author- ized by law. NO SUCH TOLL SHALL BE IMPOSED BY THE NEW YORK STATE THRU- WAY AUTHORITY UPON HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00767-01-9 S. 2683 2
S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law except that any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or before such date.