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Bill S4320-2011

Establishes a committee to study the housing aspect of tourism in the state of New York

Establishes a committee to study the housing aspect of tourism in the state of New York.

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  • May 5, 2011: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Mar 29, 2011: REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION

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BILL NUMBER:S4320

TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a study committee on the housing aspect of tourism in the state of New York; and to amend chapter 225 of the laws of 2010, amending the multiple dwelling law and the administrative code of the city of New York relating to clarifying certain provisions relating to occupancy of class A multiple dwellings, in relation to postponing the effective date thereof

PURPOSE: This bill establishes a committee to study the housing aspect of tourism in the state of New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would create an 11 person study committee comprised of legislators and private citizens to study the range of accommodations that exist in the tourism industry in New York city and New York State and to assess the importance of maintaining affordable accommodations and consumer choice. The study committee would report by October 1, 2012 and also would assess the economic impact through lost occupancy taxes, lost sales taxes and lost wages because of the loss of jobs if substantial affordable units were eliminated because of changes to existing law. It would extend the effective date of Chapter 225 of the laws of 2010.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill allows for the careful study of the effects of Chapter 225 because there are severe ramifications to the tourism industry if the bill were to go into effect this year without modification. Industry experts indicate that at a time of fiscal crisis in the state, legislation which lessens the tax revenue generated by the tourism industry should not be implemented without a thorough review of its unintended consequences. Furthermore, there is a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of chapter 225. While the lawsuit is pending at the trial level, a law that could have severe consequences should not be implemented this May.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined at this time.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4320 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 29, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to establish a study committee on the housing aspect of tourism in the state of New York; and to amend chapter 225 of the laws of 2010, amending the multiple dwelling law and the administrative code of the city of New York relating to clarifying certain provisions relating to occupancy of class A multiple dwellings, in relation to postponing the effective date thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislature finds and declares that tourism, including tourism in the city of New York, is a vital and important part of the economy of the state of New York creating thousand of jobs and producing needed tax revenues both in sales tax receipts, occupancy taxes and income tax revenue. It further finds and declares that an important part of the tourism industry in the city of New York have been rooms and affordable housing accommodations made available in mixed use buildings serving as an alternative to higher end, more expensive hotels which some tourists, such as students, simply cannot afford. Furthermore, the legislature also finds and declares that unless alternative, affordable rooms and affordable housing accommodations remain available, tourism will decline, jobs will be lost and the state during a perilous fiscal condition will lose revenue and jobs. The legislature finds and declares that it is important to avoid any change in the current choice of accom- modations available to visitors of our state until there is a thorough economic impact study undertaken regarding the role of affordable tour- ism units and the negative effect that the elimination of these units could have on the economy of the state of New York and the city of New York.
S 2. There is hereby established a study committee on the housing aspect of the tourism industry in the state of New York. Such committee shall consist of 11 members, who shall serve without compensation. One member shall be the chair of the senate committee on cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation or his or her designee. One member shall be the chair of the assembly committee on tourism, parks, arts and sports development or his or her designee. Two members shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate at least one of whom shall have substantial experience in the tourism industry or be a repre- sentative of a tourism related organization. Two members shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly at least one of whom shall have substantial experience in the tourism industry or be a representative of a tourism related organization. One member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate. One member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. Two members shall be appointed by the governor. The commissioner of economic development or his or her desig- nee shall serve on the committee and act as the chair of the committee. The committee shall issue a report to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of the assembly and the minority leader of the senate no later than October 1, 2012 on the role that affordable rooms and affordable housing accom- modations play in the tourism industry in the state of New York, and the potential economic impact that could result from the elimination or substantial elimination of consumer choices in the market place. The department of economic development shall make its staff and resources available to the committee to compile the report as well as the staff of the division of the budget. Legislative staff may also assist in this effort to the extent as determined by the legislative leaders. S 3. Section 8 of chapter 225 of the laws of 2010 amending the multi- ple dwelling law and the administrative code of the city of New York relating to clarifying certain provisions relating to occupancy of class A multiple dwellings, as amended by chapter 566 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 8. This act shall take effect [May 1, 2011] NOVEMBER 30, 2012 and shall apply to all buildings in existence on such effective date and to buildings constructed after such effective date except that prior to such effective date an agency with the duty to enforce the provisions of the multiple dwelling law may promulgate rules and regulations or take other administrative actions to provide for the registration of dwelling units in accordance with the provisions of subdivision 16 of section 67 and title 3 of article 4 of the multiple dwelling law, as added by sections two and three of this act, respectively. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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