Requires a public hearing prior to procurements valued over one hundred thousand dollars are made overseas by public authorities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring public hearings where procurements valued over one hundred thousand dollars are made overseas
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Requires a public authority created under Section 1, Article 1 of the public authorities law or existing under this chapter or any other law of the State of New York to hold at least one public hearing prior to procuring materials overseas valued at over one hundred thousand dollars for capital projects.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Title 3 by adding Section 9 General Provisions
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to rebuild the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge using nearly 15,000 tons of steel outsourced to China, taking away the opportunity for American workers to provide for their families. Many of these workers are currently working reduced hours, are laid off or even worse - unemployed. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is an iconic piece of New York City, linking the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. Millions of New Yorkers cross this bridge and they deserve the best and safest transportation network they can have. They deserve their infrastructure investments to be made here by American steelmakers and steelworkers. Unfortunately, our laws allow projects built with toll dollars, such as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, to be exempt from Buy American provisions because those only apply to projects built with tax dollars. This bill will create a process whereby public authorities will have to explain themselves to toll payers when shopping around for materials for capital projects.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5892 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 19, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring public hearings where procurements valued over one hundred thousand dollars are made overseas THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article 1 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new title 3 to read as follows: TITLE 3 GENERAL PROVISIONS SECTION 9. PUBLIC HEARINGS. S 9. PUBLIC HEARINGS. A PUBLIC AUTHORITY CREATED BY OR EXISTING UNDER THIS CHAPTER OR ANY OTHER LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL HOLD AT LEAST ONE PUBLIC HEARING PRIOR TO PROCURING MATERIALS OVERSEAS VALUED OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11587-01-3