Bill S6845-2013

Enacts the "MTA board member attendance act"

Enacts the "MTA board member attendance act"; requires members of the Metropolitan transportation authority to attend the majority of public hearings on fare hikes in order to cast a vote.

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  • Mar 19, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S6845

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to enacting the "MTA board member attendance act"

PURPOSE:

Establishes a law to require MTA board members to attend at least half of the public hearings on fare increases before voting on the increase in order to encourage genuine public input into MTA decision making and to ensure that MTA board members give due consideration to the views of the riding public before raising fares.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Short title.

Section 2. Amends subdivision 3 of section 1263 of the public authorities law to require that MTA board members be present for a majority of public hearings on any fare increase in order to be able to vote on such a proposal.

Section 3. Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is not enough for the MTA to hold hearings on a proposed fare hike. MTA board members have to actually attend the hearings. Unfortunately, the recent MTA fare hike hearings have been poorly attended by the MTA board members. Fares for public transportation, which include subways, buses, bridges and tunnels, are a monetary burden on New Yorkers. To make a fair and educated decision on a proposed fare increase, the MTA board members should hear first from the public. If the board members do not care enough to attend fare hearings, they should not be allowed to vote on the fare increase.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-14: A02346 (Rozic) - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2011-12: A00204 (Lancman)- Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2009-10: A01243 (Lancman) - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2007-08: A09552 (Lancman) - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6845 IN SENATE March 19, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 enacting the "MTA board member attendance 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 "MTA board member attendance act". S 2. Subdivision 3 of section 1263 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e) to read as follows: (E) IN ORDER TO CAST A VOTE ON PROPOSED FARE HIKES, A BOARD MEMBER SHALL ATTEND A MAJORITY OF PUBLIC HEARINGS. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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