senate Bill S3798A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to state-issued parking placards

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Feb 25, 2014 print number 3798a
amend and recommit to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to finance
Feb 15, 2013 referred to finance

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S3798 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §837-s, Exec L

S3798 - Bill Texts

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Relates to state-issued parking placards; creates a website for such state-issued parking placards.

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BILL NUMBER:S3798

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
state-issued parking placards

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The legislation amends the executive
law by adding a new section 837-s to require all parking placards
issued by the state of New York to bear a barcode to allow traffic
enforcement agents to confirm their validity.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the executive law by adding a new section
837-s to require all parking placards issued by the state of New York
to bear a barcode to allow traffic enforcement agents to confirm their
validity. In addition, it requires the barcode to contain information
about the individual authorized to use the placard, including the
user's name, license place of the vehicle in which it is displayed,
the name of the agency for whom the user works, and a unique
identification number specific to each placard.

Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State has been issuing parking placards to
state legislators and government employees for years. Parking placards
allow the bearers to park in most areas in New York City where others
could not. While these placards are meant to be used for official
business purposes only, due to lack of oversight and guidelines,
hundreds of placards went into circulation, including fraudulent ones.

On April 7, 2011, Governor Cuomo announced new policies for State
issued parking placards following the State Inspector General's
investigation, which revealed systematic problems with how the
placards were distributed and how they were used by some state
employees. The new policy announced by Governor Cuomo established an
application and approval process for receiving a placard and reduced
the number of placards in circulation.

While this policy may limit the unethical use of parking placards, in
order to eradicate abuse of this privilege, there needs to be an
enhanced enforcement mechanism that would help traffic agents to
easily and promptly confirm their validity. A barcode imprinted on
each placard can be scanned by traffic enforcement agents to determine
if the placard is authentic and used for proper purpose.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None known.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  3798

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to  state-issued  parking
  placards

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

  Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section  837-s
to read as follows:
  S 837-S. STATE-ISSUED PARKING PLACARDS. ALL PARKING PLACARDS ISSUED BY
THE  STATE  OF NEW YORK SHALL BEAR A BARCODE, WHICH SHALL PERMIT TRAFFIC
ENFORCEMENT AGENTS  TO  CONFIRM  THE  VALIDITY  OF  SUCH  PLACARDS  WHEN
DISPLAYED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. SUCH BARCODE SHALL CONTAIN THE NAME OF THE
INDIVIDUAL AUTHORIZED TO USE THE PLACARD, THE LICENSE PLATE OF THE VEHI-
CLE  IN WHICH SUCH PLACARD IS DISPLAYED, THE NAME OF THE AGENCY FOR WHOM
THE INDIVIDUAL USING THE PLACARD IS EMPLOYED AND A UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER SPECIFIC TO EACH PLACARD.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09015-01-3

S3798A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §837-s, Exec L

S3798A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to state-issued parking placards; creates a website for such state-issued parking placards.

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BILL NUMBER:S3798A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
state-issued parking placards

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The legislation amends the executive law by adding a new section 837-s
to require all parking placards issued by the state of New York to
bear a barcode to allow traffic enforcement agents to confirm their
validity.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the executive law by adding a new section
837-s to require all parking placards issued by the state of New York
to bear a barcode to allow traffic enforcement agents to confirm their
validity. In addition, it requires the barcode to contain information
about the individual authorized to use the placard, including the
user's name, license place of the vehicle in which it is displayed,
the name of the agency for whom the user works, and a unique
identification number specific to each placard.

The bill also requires the commissioner to establish an on-line
registry and website for all state-issued parking placards.

Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York State has been issuing parking placards to state legislators
and government employees for years. Parking placards allow the bearers
to park in most areas in New York City where others could not. While
these placards are meant to be used for official business purposes
only, due to lack of oversight and guidelines, hundreds of placards
went into circulation, including fraudulent ones.

On April 7, 2011, Governor Cuomo announced new policies for State
issued parking placards following the State Inspector General's
investigation, which revealed systematic problems with how the
placards were distributed and how they were used by some state
employees. The new policy announced by Governor Cuomo established an
application and approval process for receiving a placard and reduced
the number of placards in circulation.

While this policy may limit the unethical use of parking placards, in
order to eradicate abuse of this privilege, there needs to be an
enhanced enforcement mechanism that would help traffic agents to
easily and promptly confirm their validity. A barcode imprinted on
each placard can be scanned by traffic enforcement agents to determine
if the placard is authentic and used for proper purpose.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:


None known.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 3798--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- recommitted  to
  the  Committee  on Finance 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 state-issued parking
  placards

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

  Section  1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 837-s
to read as follows:
  S 837-S. STATE-ISSUED PARKING  PLACARDS.  1.    ALL  PARKING  PLACARDS
ISSUED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL BEAR A BARCODE, WHICH SHALL PERMIT
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AGENTS TO CONFIRM THE VALIDITY OF SUCH PLACARDS WHEN
DISPLAYED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. SUCH BARCODE SHALL CONTAIN THE NAME OF THE
INDIVIDUAL AUTHORIZED TO USE THE PLACARD, THE LICENSE PLATE OF THE VEHI-
CLE  IN WHICH SUCH PLACARD IS DISPLAYED, THE NAME OF THE AGENCY FOR WHOM
THE INDIVIDUAL USING THE PLACARD IS EMPLOYED AND A UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER SPECIFIC TO EACH PLACARD.
  2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH AN ON-LINE  REGISTRY  AND  WEBSITE
FOR ALL STATE-ISSUED PARKING PLACARDS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09015-02-4

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