Makes permanent certain provisions of law relating to transportation contracts.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Morahan, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Absent (1): Sampson
BILL NUMBER: S7232
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend chapter 698 of the laws of 1996 amending the education law relating to transportation contracts, in relation to making the provisions of such chapter permanent
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : This bill makes chapter 698 of the laws of 1996 permanent which relate to the use of Request for Proposals for pupil transportation contracts.
JUSTIFICATION : Prior to the 1996 RFP law, children and school districts would fall victim to school bus operators with poor safety records and substandard operations because they were forced to choose school bus companies based on price alone. Since that time, inferior operators have been excluded from operating pupil transportation services and there is an ever growing number of school districts utilizing the RFP process.
The original sunset provision was necessary to determine whether the use of RFPs for pupil transportation contracts would improve the delivery of private pupil transportation services and it has, over a decade later, proven to be a tremendous success in terms of providing our school districts with an efficient and safe transportation system. More than that, continuing to renew these provisions every five years is an unnecessary waste of resources in addition to creating an unnecessary sense of uncertainty for schools that want to utilize the RFP law to procure pupil transportation services.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2005, 2006: S.5021 Passed Senate: 2005: A.9511 introduced in Assembly.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7232 IN SENATE March 24, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend chapter 698 of the laws of 1996 amending the education law relating to transportation contracts, in relation to making the provisions of such chapter permanent THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 4 of chapter 698 of the laws of 1996 amending the education law relating to transportation contracts, as amended by chap- ter 165 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: S 4. This act shall take effect immediately
[, and shall expire and be deemed repealed on and after June 30, 2012]. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16496-01-0