senate Bill S1611A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction and conservation program which will develop and assist in implementing strategies to reduce fuel consumption

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Feb 10, 2014 print number 1611a
amend and recommit to investigations and government operations
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S1611 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §201-b, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1044A
2009-2010: S2273B

S1611 - Bill Texts

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Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction & conservation program which will develop and assist in implementing strategies to reduce fuel consumption by the state's motor vehicle fleet and to reduce solo trips between work and home by state employees; requires reporting to the governor and legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S1611

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the executive law, in relation to the "state workforce fuel
reduction and conservation act"

PURPOSE:
Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction and conservation program
which will develop and assist in implementing strategies to reduce
fuel consumption.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one establishes the "State Workforce Fuel Reduction and
Conservation Act."

Section two:

* directs the Office of General Services (OGS) to review the State's
vehicular fleet as well as the use of that fleet, to determine
whether alternative fuel vehicles can be used, and whether trip
reduction can be used to reduce gasoline consumption; and

* directs OGS, in conjunction with the Governor's Office of Employee
relations and the Office for Technology, to issue a report setting
forth a specific plan to reduce the number of solo motor vehicle
trips between home and the workplace by state employees and state
contractors.

Section three directs State agencies to establish programs to increase
the average passenger occupancy per vehicle in commuting trips
between home and the workplace.

Section four directs each State agency to perform fuel efficiency
audits of their fleets.

Section five directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop
programs to educate the driving public on "smart driving", trip
reduction, and vehicle maintenance practices.

Section six prohibits any part of this Act from impairing any
collective bargaining agreements.

Section seven is the enacting date.

EXISTING LAW:
This legislation adds a new section to Executive Law.

JUSTIFICATION:
The United States uses a lot of energy - nearly a million dollars
worth of energy each minute, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
with less than five percent of the world's population, we. consume
almost one quarter of the world's energy resources.


The average American consumes six times the world average per capita
consumption of energy. Every time we fill up our vehicles or open our
utility bills, we are reminded of the economic impacts of energy.
As the third most populous state in the union, with over 19 million
people, New York contains 15% of the country's people, so we could
say that New Yorkers use $150,000 worth of energy each and every
minute of the day.

The choices we make now about how we use energy -- turning machines
off when not in use or choosing to buy energy efficient appliances -
will have increasing impacts on the quality of our environment and
lives.

There are many things we can do to use less energy and use it more
wisely. These things involve energy conservation and energy efficiency.

Efficiency and conservation are key components of energy
sustainability the concept that every generation should meet their
energy needs without compromising the energy needs of future
generations. Energy sustainability focuses on long-term energy
strategies and policies that ensure adequate energy to meet today's
needs, as well as tomorrow's.

Beyond conservation, states have little leverage over the cost of
gasoline because it is a commodity traded on world markets. The
bottom line is, we've got to use less.

Today's gas price crisis provides us in New York state with an
opportunity to get our own energy house in order. New York State
government is a major consumer of energy, spending approximately $300
million a year just on energy costs alone, New York's agencies and
authorities annually consume nearly 50 million gallons of diesel fuel
and 55 million gallons of heating oil.

The State's workforce numbers nearly 160,000, and because the average
American uses 500 gallons of gasoline every year, driving each
vehicle about 12,000 miles, at $3.00 per gallon that equals $1500 a
year in fuel costs per worker.

We need to address things like limiting all nonessential travel by
state employees and State use of SUVs, and addressing soaring fuel
prices by implementing programs to reduce fuel consumption by state
employees, agencies, and authorities. This legislation aims to do
just that.

Implementing the strategy of conservation and efficiency measures,
backed by strong education components outlined in this legislation,
may be the most effective strategy we have to sharply curtail our
dependence of foreign oil, while making historic strides in improving
our environmental quality and reducing our energy consumption.

This bill calls for a comprehensive program to provide the State's work-
force agencies and authorities with leadership roles in moving New
York State toward becoming the model fuel conservation state.

The bill will:


* direct the Office of General Services to review the State's
vehicular fleet as well as the use of that fleet, to determine
whether alternative fuel vehicles can be used, and whether trip
reduction can be used to reduce gasoline consumption

* direct OGS to develop and properly promote a comprehensive car
pooling program * direct all state agencies to perform fuel
efficiency audits of their own transportation systems and fleets

* authorize agencies to implement commuter trip reduction programs that
will encourage employees who drive alone to work to consider using an
alternative commute mode such as car or van pools, mass transit,
biking or walking

* authorize agencies and authorities to permit alternative work
schedules ox telecommuting for all state employees where possible

* direct the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop programs to
educate the driving public on conservation techniques, and

* direct OGS to study a plan to reimburse State employees for their
mass transit costs

The best way to work our way out of our energy crisis is through a
concentrated effort by all of us to conserve, to use energy efficient
appliances, cars, buildings and lifestyles, and to lead by example by
making New York a model state toward an energy efficient future.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S1044A/A.6159 - Referred to Investigations & Gov't Ops
2010: S.2273A/A.476 - Reported and Committed to Finance
2008: S.2649 2006: S.8245

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to localities.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
The act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1611

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the  "state  workforce
  fuel reduction and conservation 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 "state workforce fuel reduction and conservation act".
  S  2.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 201-b to
read as follows:
  S 201-B. STATE WORKFORCE  FUEL  REDUCTION  AND  CONSERVATION  ACT.  1.
THERE  SHALL  BE  CREATED  WITHIN THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES A STATE
WORKFORCE FUEL REDUCTION AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL HAVE  THE
PURPOSE  OF DEVELOPING AND ASSISTING IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIES
TO REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION BY THE STATE'S MOTOR VEHICULAR FLEET, AND
TO REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION THROUGH SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS  BETWEEN
HOME AND THE WORKPLACE BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS.
  2. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES, IN COORDINATION WITH THE GOVERNOR'S
OFFICE  OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS AND THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY, SHALL ISSUE
A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND  THE  LEGISLATURE  ON  OR  BEFORE  NOVEMBER
FIFTEENTH,  TWO  THOUSAND  THIRTEEN,  SETTING  FORTH  A SPECIFIC PLAN TO
REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS BETWEEN HOME AND THE WORK-
PLACE BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS. SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE,
AT A MINIMUM, PROPOSALS TO PROMOTE THE USE OF TRANSPORTATION OTHER  THAN
VIA  SINGLE  OCCUPANCY VEHICLES BY STATE EMPLOYEES TO AND FROM THE WORK-
PLACE, AND WHILE  AT  THE  WORKPLACE:  PROPOSALS  FOR  THE  DEVELOPMENT,
PROMOTION  AND  IMPLEMENTATION OF A SOLO TRIP REDUCTION PROGRAM DESIGNED
TO ENCOURAGE STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS TO USE AN ALTERNATIVE
MODE OF COMMUTING SUCH AS CAR OR VAN  POOLS,  MASS  TRANSIT,  BIKING  OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02777-01-3

S. 1611                             2

WALKING;  AUTHORIZING  STATE AGENCIES AND AUTHORITIES TO PERMIT ALTERNA-
TIVE WORK  SCHEDULES  OR  TELECOMMUTING  FOR  ALL  STATE  EMPLOYEES  AND
CONTRACTORS WHERE DOING SO WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN HOME-WORKPLACE
TRAVEL  WITHOUT  DECREASING EMPLOYEE EFFICIENCY; AND A PROPOSAL TO REIM-
BURSE STATE EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS FOR MASS TRANSIT COSTS WHERE DOING
SO RESULTS IN A NET REDUCTION IN SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS.
  3. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL REVIEW THE SIZE OF THE STATE'S
VEHICULAR FLEET, THE POLICIES GOVERNING THE USE OF SUCH  FLEET  AND  THE
ACTUAL USE OF SUCH FLEET, AND SHALL ISSUE TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGIS-
LATURE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, A SPECIF-
IC  PLAN  TO  REDUCE  THE  USE OF SUCH FLEET IN ORDER TO REDUCE GASOLINE
CONSUMPTION.
  S 3. Each state agency covered by section 201-b of the executive  law,
establishing  a  program to increase the average passenger occupancy per
vehicle in commuting trips between home and the workplace, shall  report
to  the  office of general services on the status of such program within
one hundred eighty days of the effective date of this act,  and  on  the
fifteenth day of January in each year thereafter.
  S  4.  Each  state agency that maintains its own vehicular fleet shall
perform a fuel efficiency audit of such fleet  and  shall  provide  such
audit  to  the office of general services within one hundred eighty days
of the effective date of this act.
  S 5. The department  of  motor  vehicles  shall  develop  programs  to
educate  the driving public on "smart driving," trip reduction and vehi-
cle maintenance practices that are designed  to  maximize  vehicle  fuel
efficiency.  The department shall issue a report to the governor and the
legislature on or before  November  15,  2015  on  the  status  of  such
program.
  S 6. Nothing in this act shall impair any agreements which may be made
as  a  result of collective bargaining or other negotiations between the
state and its affected employee organizations.
  S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.

S1611A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §201-b, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1044A
2009-2010: S2273B

S1611A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction & conservation program which will develop and assist in implementing strategies to reduce fuel consumption by the state's motor vehicle fleet and to reduce solo trips between work and home by state employees; requires reporting to the governor and legislature.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1611A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
"state workforce fuel reduction and conservation act"

PURPOSE: Provides for a state workforce fuel reduction and
conservation program which will develop and assist in implementing
strategies to reduce fuel consumption.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one establishes the "State Workforce Fuel Reduction and
Conservation Act."

Section two:

* directs the Office of General Services (OGS) to review the State's
vehicular fleet as well as the use of that fleet, to determine whether
alternative fuel vehicles can be used, and whether trip reduction can
be used to reduce gasoline consumption; and

* directs OGS, in conjunction with the Governor's Office of Employee
relations and the Office for Technology, to issue a report setting
forth a specific plan to reduce the number of solo motor vehicle trips
between home and the workplace by state employees and state
contractors.

Section three directs State agencies to establish programs to increase
the average passenger occupancy per vehicle in commuting trips between
home and the workplace.

Section four directs each State agency to perform fuel efficiency
audits of their fleets.

Section five directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop
programs to educate the driving public on "smart driving", trip
reduction, and vehicle maintenance practices.

Section six prohibits any part of this Act from impairing any
collective bargaining agreements.

Section seven is the enacting date.

EXISTING LAW: This legislation adds a new section to Executive Law.

JUSTIFICATION: The United States uses a lot of energy - nearly a
million dollars worth of energy each minute, 24 hours a day, every day
reduce gasoline consumption

* direct OGS to develop and properly promote a comprehensive car
pooling program

* direct all state agencies to perform fuel efficiency audits of their
own transportation systems and fleets

* authorize agencies to implement. commuter trip reduction programs
that will encourage employees who drive alone to work to consider


using an alternative commute mode such as car or van pools, mass
transit, biking or walking

* authorize agencies and authorities to permit alternative work
schedules or telecommuting for all state employees where possible

* direct the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop programs to
educate the driving public on conservation techniques, and

*direct OGS to study a plan to reimburse State employees for their
mass transit costs

The best way to work our way out of our energy crisis is through a
concentrated effort by all of us to conserve, to use energy efficient
appliances, cars, buildings and lifestyles, and to lead by example by
making New York a model state toward an energy efficient future.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S1044A/A.6159 - Referred to
Investigations & Gov't. Ops 2010: S.2273A/A.476 - Reported and
Committed to Finance 2008: S.2649 2006: S.8245

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to localities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 1611--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations  and
  Government  Operations  in  accordance  with  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to the "state workforce
  fuel reduction and conservation 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 "state workforce fuel reduction and conservation act".
  S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a  new  section  201-b  to
read as follows:
  S  201-B.  STATE  WORKFORCE  FUEL  REDUCTION  AND CONSERVATION ACT. 1.
THERE SHALL BE CREATED WITHIN THE OFFICE OF  GENERAL  SERVICES  A  STATE
WORKFORCE  FUEL REDUCTION AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL HAVE THE
PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING AND ASSISTING IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF  STRATEGIES
TO REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION BY THE STATE'S MOTOR VEHICULAR FLEET, AND
TO  REDUCE GASOLINE CONSUMPTION THROUGH SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS BETWEEN
HOME AND THE WORKPLACE BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS.
  2. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES, IN COORDINATION WITH THE GOVERNOR'S
OFFICE OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS AND THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY, SHALL  ISSUE
A  REPORT  TO  THE  GOVERNOR  AND  THE LEGISLATURE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER
FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN,  SETTING  FORTH  A  SPECIFIC  PLAN  TO
REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS BETWEEN HOME AND THE WORK-
PLACE BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS. SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE,
AT  A MINIMUM, PROPOSALS TO PROMOTE THE USE OF TRANSPORTATION OTHER THAN
VIA SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES BY STATE EMPLOYEES TO AND FROM  THE  WORK-
PLACE,  AND  WHILE  AT  THE  WORKPLACE:  PROPOSALS  FOR THE DEVELOPMENT,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02777-03-4

S. 1611--A                          2

PROMOTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SOLO TRIP REDUCTION  PROGRAM  DESIGNED
TO ENCOURAGE STATE EMPLOYEES AND STATE CONTRACTORS TO USE AN ALTERNATIVE
MODE  OF  COMMUTING  SUCH  AS  CAR OR VAN POOLS, MASS TRANSIT, BIKING OR
WALKING;  AUTHORIZING  STATE AGENCIES AND AUTHORITIES TO PERMIT ALTERNA-
TIVE WORK  SCHEDULES  OR  TELECOMMUTING  FOR  ALL  STATE  EMPLOYEES  AND
CONTRACTORS WHERE DOING SO WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN HOME-WORKPLACE
TRAVEL  WITHOUT  DECREASING EMPLOYEE EFFICIENCY; AND A PROPOSAL TO REIM-
BURSE STATE EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS FOR MASS TRANSIT COSTS WHERE DOING
SO RESULTS IN A NET REDUCTION IN SOLO MOTOR VEHICLE TRIPS.
  3. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL REVIEW THE SIZE OF THE STATE'S
VEHICULAR FLEET, THE POLICIES GOVERNING THE USE OF SUCH  FLEET  AND  THE
ACTUAL USE OF SUCH FLEET, AND SHALL ISSUE TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGIS-
LATURE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, A SPECIF-
IC  PLAN  TO  REDUCE  THE  USE OF SUCH FLEET IN ORDER TO REDUCE GASOLINE
CONSUMPTION.
  S 3. Each state agency covered by section 201-b of the executive  law,
establishing  a  program to increase the average passenger occupancy per
vehicle in commuting trips between home and the workplace, shall  report
to  the  office of general services on the status of such program within
one hundred eighty days of the effective date of this act,  and  on  the
fifteenth day of January in each year thereafter.
  S  4.  Each  state agency that maintains its own vehicular fleet shall
perform a fuel efficiency audit of such fleet  and  shall  provide  such
audit  to  the office of general services within one hundred eighty days
of the effective date of this act.
  S 5. The department  of  motor  vehicles  shall  develop  programs  to
educate  the driving public on "smart driving," trip reduction and vehi-
cle maintenance practices that are designed  to  maximize  vehicle  fuel
efficiency.  The department shall issue a report to the governor and the
legislature on or before  November  15,  2016  on  the  status  of  such
program.
  S 6. Nothing in this act shall impair any agreements which may be made
as  a  result of collective bargaining or other negotiations between the
state and its affected employee organizations.
  S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.

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