senate Bill S7744

Relates to the use of wood in subway and railroad tracks; prohibits the use of tropical hardwood

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  • 03 / Jun / 2014
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Summary

Relates to the use of wood in subway and railroad tracks; prohibits the use of tropical hardwood.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2777
Versions:
S7744
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง1209 & 1265-a, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A5580A, A5580A
2009-2010: A10503, A10503

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BILL NUMBER:S7744

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to the use of wood in subway and railroad tracks

PURPOSE: To eliminate the use of tropical hardwood for new or
replacement subway and railroad track ties.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 1209 of the public authorities
law by adding a new subdivision 11-a which defines "tropical hardwood"
and prohibits the procurement of tropical hardwood for new and
replacement railroad and subway track ties.

Section 2 of the bill amends section 1265-a of the public authorities
law by adding a new subdivision 6-a, which defines "tropical hardwood"
and prohibits the procurement of tropical hardwood for new and
replacement railroad and subway track ties.

Section 3 of the bill sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) currently uses
timber cut from tropical rainforests for subway and railroad track
ties because it is strong, durable, and rot resistant. However, the
use of tropical hardwood has a detrimental effect on the environment.
According to Rainforest Relief, "at least 50% of all species are found
only in tropical rainforests" and the "Earth's rainforests are being
destroyed at the rate of 1.5 acres per second worldwide" (Rainforest
Relief, "Avoiding Unsustainable Rainforest Wood," 2007). New York
State legislation prohibits the government procurement of certain
species of tropical hardwoods, but entities have simply switched to
wood from species not enumerated in the law. New York City is
currently one of the largest purchasers of tropical hardwoods in the
world.

LEGISLATION: 2012: A05580A (Kavanagh) - Corporations, Authorities and
Commissions 2011: A05580 (Kavanagh) - Corporations, Authorities and
Commissions 2010: A10503 (Kavanagh) - Ways and Means

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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

                                  7744

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 3, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- 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  the  use  of
  wood in subway and railroad tracks

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

  Section 1. Section 1209 of the public authorities law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 11-a to read as follows:
  11-A.  (A)  THE AUTHORITY SHALL NOT PROCURE TROPICAL HARDWOODS FOR NEW
OR REPLACEMENT SUBWAY AND RAILROAD TRACK TIES.
  (B) FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  "TROPICAL  HARDWOOD"  SHALL
INCLUDE  ANY  AND ALL HARDWOOD, SCIENTIFICALLY CLASSIFIED AS ANGIOSPERM,
THAT GROWS IN ANY TROPICAL MOIST OLD GROWTH/PRIMARY FOREST  BETWEEN  THE
TROPICS OF CANCER AND CAPRICORN.
  S 2. Section 1265-a of the public authorities law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. (A) THE AUTHORITY SHALL NOT PROCURE TROPICAL HARDWOODS FOR NEW OR
REPLACEMENT SUBWAY AND RAILROAD TRACK TIES.
  (B)  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  "TROPICAL  HARDWOOD" SHALL
INCLUDE ANY AND ALL HARDWOOD, SCIENTIFICALLY CLASSIFIED  AS  ANGIOSPERM,
THAT  GROWS  IN ANY TROPICAL MOIST OLD GROWTH/PRIMARY FOREST BETWEEN THE
TROPICS OF CANCER AND CAPRICORN.
  S 3. 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.
                                                           LBD02244-01-3

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