senate Bill S2372

Amended

Provides a toll exemption for certain ambulance services

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  • 19 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 26 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 26 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 2372A
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Exempts ambulance services from tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll on toll roads within the state at any time.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9141
Versions:
S2372
S2372A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Highways
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4469, A8098

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2372

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
in relation to exempting certain ambulance services from the payment of
tolls

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the legislation is to exempt both commercial
and voluntary ambulance services from paying tolls on the New York
State Thruway.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the legislation provides that
the payment of tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll
road in the state shall not apply to a commercial ambulance service
or a voluntary ambulance service, regardless of whether or not they
are responding to an emergency.

EXISTING LAW:
Under current law, an ambulance service is exempt from
tolls only when traveling with its lights and sirens on during an
emergency operation.

JUSTIFICATION:
In many parts of the state, the New
York State Thruway
is the fastest and most direct route for ambulances to travel not
only to emergencies but also to local health care facilities.
Ambulance services are struggling with increased costs, the declining
economy, and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement. To require ambulance
services to pay for Thruway tolls only exacerbates this problem, and
often results in the patient being forced to pay for the added costs.
Other emergency vehicles, including State Police and fire vehicles,
are exempt from tolls - it is only right that ambulances should also
be afforded this courtesy.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.4469 of 2009-10

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2372

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 19, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SEWARD,  BONACIC, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Transportation

AN  ACT  in  relation  to  exempting certain ambulance services from the
  payment of tolls

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary,
the  payment  of tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll road
within the state shall not apply to an ambulance service as  defined  in
subdivision  two  of section three thousand one of the public health law
or a voluntary ambulance service as defined in subdivision three of such
section, regardless of whether or not such vehicles are responding to an
emergency.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05835-01-1

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