senate Bill S179

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the "Niagara parks reinvestment act"

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Jan 05, 2011 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

S179 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8220
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3.09, Pks & Rec L; add §92-gg, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2534

S179 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the "Niagara parks reinvestment act"; requires fifty percent of parking revenue generated at state parks in the county of Niagara to be deposited in the Niagara parks reinvestment fund; establishes the Niagara parks reinvestment fund.

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BILL NUMBER:S179

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic
preservation law and the state finance law, in relation to enacting
the "Niagara parks reinvestment act"

PURPOSE: This legislation would create the "Niagara Parks
Reinvestment Act" which would constitute 50% of the vehicle use fees
collected at any state park located wholly or partially in Niagara
County, such revenue would be reinvested into capital improvements in
state parks located in Niagara County.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 titles this as the "Niagara Parks
Reinvestment Act" Section 2 requires fifty percent of the vehicle use
fees generated at any state park located wholly or partially in
Niagara County be deposited in the Niagara parks reinvestment fund.
Further, this act requires an annual report on the amount of revenue
generated, as well as a summary of projects being funded, and the
amount such project being funded at. Such report shall be sent to the
governor, the chair of the Senate and Assembly Tourism Committees, and
any Senator or Assembly member who Niagara County. Section 3 creates
the Niagara parks reinvestment fund which consists of fifty percent of
the balance of total revenue from vehicle use fees generated at any
State Park located wholly or partially in Niagara County. This section
further states that money appropriated shall be used only to finance
capital improvements in state parks located in Niagara County and/or
to create a transportation system linking the state parks with other
tourist attractions located in Niagara County. Section 4 is the
effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Niagara County is home to some of New York's most
amazing state parks, including Niagara Reservation State Park which
holds the distinction as the First state park in the nation,
established in 1885. In addition to being the honeymoon capital,
Niagara Reservation State Park also holds the distinction as the most
visited state park in New York State. Its magnificent waterfalls, the
rapids of the Niagara River, and other natural riches are known
worldwide and attract more visitors than Yellowstone and Grand Canyon
National Parks combined. We welcome the millions of tourists to
Niagara County each year because of our fascination and attachment to
this wonderful place, but those millions also take a toll on the
infrastructure of these great state parks.

Yet, rather than the fees generated by these parks being even
partially dedicated to maintaining these park's facilities, they are
put into the state's general fund, and these State Parks must battle
for a share of funds for capital improvements and maintenance.

Dedicating 50% of the parking fees collected at these parks will
produce a steady and somewhat predictable funding stream to allow
capital improvements and maintenance of these state parks in Niagara
County.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2534 of 2009/2010; Referred to Cultural
Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.


EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1 next succeeding the date on which it shall
become a law.

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

                                   179

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law  and
  the  state  finance  law,  in  relation to enacting the "Niagara parks
  reinvestment 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 "Niagara parks reinvestment act".
  S 2. Section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and  historic  preservation
law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-h to read as follows:
  2-H.  BE  EMPOWERED TO REQUIRE FIFTY PERCENT OF VEHICLE USE FEE GENER-
ATED FROM ANY STATE PARK WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN  THE  COUNTY  OF
NIAGARA  TO  BE  DEPOSITED IN THE NIAGARA PARKS REINVESTMENT FUND ESTAB-
LISHED IN SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE  FINANCE  LAW.  THE  OFFICE
SHALL  PREPARE  AN  ANNUAL  REPORT  ON  THE  AMOUNT  OF VEHICLE USE FEES
COLLECTED AT ANY STATE PARK WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF
NIAGARA.  SUCH REPORT SHALL CONTAIN A DETAILED SUMMARY OF PROJECTS BEING
FUNDED AND THE AMOUNT EACH PROJECT IS  BEING  FUNDED  FOR.  SUCH  REPORT
SHALL  BE  DISSEMINATED  TO  THE GOVERNOR, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SENATE
TOURISM, RECREATION AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRPERSON OF
THE ASSEMBLY TOURISM, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AND  TO  ANY
MEMBER  OF  THE  STATE  SENATE OR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTING A PORTION OF THE
COUNTY OF NIAGARA.
  S 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 92-gg to
read as follows:
  S 92-GG. NIAGARA PARKS REINVESTMENT FUND. 1. THERE  IS  HEREBY  ESTAB-
LISHED  IN  THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01596-01-1

S. 179                              2

TAXATION AND FINANCE A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS  THE  "NIAGARA  PARKS
REINVESTMENT FUND".
  2.  SUCH  FUND  SHALL  CONSIST  OF FIFTY PERCENT OF THE BALANCE OF THE
VEHICLE USE FEE GENERATED  FROM  ANY  STATE  PARK  WHOLLY  OR  PARTIALLY
LOCATED  IN  THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA AS AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION
TWO-H OF SECTION 3.09 OF THE PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION
LAW.
  3. THE MONEYS APPROPRIATED  OR  TRANSFERRED  TO  THIS  FUND  SHALL  BE
DISBURSED  TO  FINANCE  CAPITAL  IMPROVEMENTS  IN  STATE PARKS WHOLLY OR
PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA AND/OR TO CREATE A  TRANSPOR-
TATION  SYSTEM  LINKING  THE  STATE PARKS WITH OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA.
  4. ALL PAYMENTS FROM THIS FUND SHALL BE MADE ON THE AUDIT AND  WARRANT
OF  THE  COMPTROLLER  ON  VOUCHERS  APPROVED  BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE
NIAGARA  FRONTIER  STATE  PARK,  RECREATION  AND  HISTORIC  PRESERVATION
COMMISSION.
  S  4. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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