senate Bill S2472

Requires port authority to acquire economic impact statement prior to increasing bridge and tunnel tolls

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 17 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.978
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Summary

Requires the port authority of New York and New Jersey to acquire an economic impact statement by an independent contractor at least 30 days prior to increasing bridge and tunnel tolls.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A520
Versions:
S2472
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11, Chap 47 of 1931
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S6034, A348
2009-2010: S1819, A7155
2007-2008: A2504

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BILL NUMBER:S2472 REVISED 1/29/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 47 of the laws of 1931 relating
to declaring the policy of the states of New York and New Jersey in
regard to certain vehicular bridges and tunnels within the port of New
York district, in relation to economic impact statements prior to the
increase of tolls for the use of bridges and tunnels

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation requires the Port
Authority to acquire an economic impact statement prior to increasing
bridge and tunnel tolls.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The Port Authority can only increase
their tolls of any project operated by the authority within 30 days
after the issuance of an economic impact statement on the proposed
increase. This statement, conducted by an independent contractor, is to
show the effects of the proposed increase in tolls as it relates to the
surrounding communities.

JUSTIFICATION: The Port Authority Officials have acknowledged that there
is an overall economic impact upon the entire metropolitan region
resulting from increases in tolls connecting the bridges and tunnels in
New York City and New Jersey. It is important that before any further
toll increases are imposed at these facilities, by either MTA or the
Port Authority that the people of the State of New York, particularly
those living in the metropolitan region, are advised of the detrimental
impact that further toll increases would have on the regional economy.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.6034 - Referred to
Corporations/A.0348 - Referred to Corporations
2010: S.1819- Referred to Transportation/A.7155 - Referred to Corpo-
rations
2009: S.1819- Referred to Transportation/A.7155- Referred to Corpo-
rations
2008: S.3031- Referred to Transportation/A.2504- Referred to Corporation
2007: S.3032- Referred to Transportation/A.2504- Referred to Ways & Mean
2006: S.3446- Referred to Transportation/A.6646- Passed Assembly
2005: S.3446- Referred to Transportation/A.6646- Referred to Corpo-
rations
2004: S.1547- Referred to Transportation/A.341S- Referred to Corpo-
rations
2003: S.1547- Referred to Transportation/A.3415-Referred to Corporations
2002: S.1432- Referred to Transportation/A.4038-Referred to Corporations
2001: S.1432- Referred to Transportation/A. 4038-Referred to Corpo-
rations
2000: S.2148- Referred to Transportation/A. 4443- Referred to Corpo-
rations
1999: S.2148- Referred to Transportation/A. 4443- Referred to Corpo-
rations
1998: S.6224- Referred to Transportation/A. 9438- Referred to Corpo-
rations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect upon the enactment into law
by the state of New Jersey of legislation having an identical effect;
but if the state of New Jersey shall have already enacted such legis-
lation, then this act shall take effect immediately and provided that
the state of New Jersey shall notify the legislative bill drafting
commission upon the occurrence of the enactment of the provisions
Provided for in this act in order that the commission may maintain an
accurate and timely effective data base of the official text of the laws
of the state of New York in furtherance of effecting the provisions of
section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public offi-
cers law.

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

                                  2472

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and Commissions

AN ACT to amend chapter 47 of the laws of 1931 relating to declaring the
  policy  of  the states of New York and New Jersey in regard to certain
  vehicular bridges and tunnels within the port of New York district, in
  relation to economic impact statements prior to the increase of  tolls
  for the use of bridges and tunnels

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

  Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 11 of chapter  47  of  the
laws  of 1931 relating to declaring the policy of the states of New York
and New Jersey in regard to certain vehicular bridges and tunnels within
the port of New York district, as amended by chapter 807 of the laws  of
1955, is amended to read as follows:
  The port authority is hereby authorized to make and enforce such rules
and  regulations and to establish, levy and collect such tolls and other
charges in connection with any vehicular bridges and  tunnels  which  it
may now or hereafter be authorized to own, construct, operate or control
(including  the said Holland tunnel and the said Midtown Hudson tunnel),
as it may deem necessary, proper or  desirable,  which  said  tolls  and
charges  shall  be  at  least  sufficient  to  meet  the expenses of the
construction, operation and maintenance thereof, and to provide for  the
payment  of,  with interest upon, and the amortization and retirement of
bonds or other securities or obligations issued or incurred  for  bridge
or  tunnel  purposes.  There  shall  be  allocated  to  the  cost of the
construction, operation and maintenance of  such  bridges  and  tunnels,
such  proportion  of  the  general  expenses of the port authority as it
shall deemed properly chargeable thereto.    NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER
PROVISION  OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, NO TOLL OR OTHER CHARGE IN CONNECTION
WITH ANY VEHICULAR BRIDGE OR TUNNEL SHALL BE INCREASED  UNTIL  NOT  LESS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00821-01-3

S. 2472                             2

THAN  THIRTY  DAYS AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT ON
THE PROPOSED INCREASE. SUCH ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT SHALL BE ISSUED BY
AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR ENGAGED BY THE AUTHORITY BASED ON A  STUDY  OF
THE  ECONOMIC  IMPACT  OF  SUCH  PROPOSED  INCREASE OF THE TOLL OR OTHER
CHARGE UPON ALL COMMUNITIES AFFECTED THEREBY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect upon the enactment  into  law  by  the
state  of  New  Jersey of legislation having an identical effect; but if
the state of New Jersey shall have  already  enacted  such  legislation,
then  this act shall take effect immediately and provided that the state
of New Jersey shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon
the occurrence of the enactment of the provisions provided for  in  this
act  in  order  that  the commission may maintain an accurate and timely
effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New
York in furtherance of effecting the provisions of  section  44  of  the
legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law.

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