Bill Text: NY A06474 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Exempts school buses and parts, equipment, lubricants and fuel purchased and used in their operation from sales and use tax; establishes a green ribbon panel to research and report on greener school buses.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-5)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-17 - print number 6474a [A06474 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06474-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      March 7, 2019

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  JEAN-PIERRE, WOERNER, THIELE, RAIA, EPSTEIN,
          HYNDMAN,  GRIFFIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SIMON -- read once
          and  referred  to  the  Committee  on  Ways  and  Means  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to exempting from sales and use
          tax school buses; establishes a green ribbon panel to research greener
          school buses

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 1115 of the tax law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     2  subdivision (ll) to read as follows:
     3    (ll)  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision  of  law to the contrary,
     4  receipts from the sale of school buses,  as  such  term  is  defined  in
     5  section  one hundred forty-two of the vehicle and traffic law and parts,
     6  equipment, lubricants and fuel purchased and used  in  their  operation,
     7  shall be exempt from taxes imposed by this article.
     8    §  2.  (a)  The  commissioner  of  education, in consultation with the
     9  commissioner of motor vehicles and the New York  state  energy  research
    10  and  development authority, shall establish a "Green Ribbon Panel" which
    11  shall research and develop recommendations for upgrading school buses to
    12  be greener and cleaner.
    13    (b) The Green Ribbon Panel shall be composed of 12  members  appointed
    14  by the commissioner of education provided that of such 12 members: three
    15  members  shall  be  appointed  upon  the recommendation of the governor,
    16  three members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of  the  tempo-
    17  rary  president of the senate, three members shall be appointed upon the
    18  recommendation of the speaker of the assembly, and the remaining members
    19  shall be appointed in the sole discretion of the commissioner of  educa-

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

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     1  tion.  The  members  of  the  Green Ribbon Panel shall include represen-
     2  tatives from each of the following  groups:  the  school  bus  industry,
     3  environmental  protection  groups, researchers on green vehicles, school
     4  personnel, and parents of school-aged children.
     5    (c)  The  recommendations of the Green Ribbon Panel shall include, but
     6  not be limited to, electric power,  retrofitting  current  school  buses
     7  with green technology, and any other option which will have an immediate
     8  and  long term impact on reducing harmful emissions from school buses in
     9  New York State.
    10    (d) The members of the Green Ribbon Panel  shall  receive  no  compen-
    11  sation  for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and neces-
    12  sary expenses incurred in the performance of their  duties  pursuant  to
    13  this act.
    14    (e)  The  Green Ribbon Panel shall convene on or before August 1, 2020
    15  to develop its recommendations.  On  or  before  January  1,  2021,  the
    16  committee  shall  submit a preliminary report of its recommendations for
    17  consideration in the executive budget for the 2021-22 state fiscal year,
    18  and, on or before October 1, 2021, shall submit a final  report  of  its
    19  recommendations  to the governor, the temporary president of the senate,
    20  and the speaker of the assembly.
    21    § 3. This act shall take effect on the first day of a quarterly  sales
    22  tax  period,  as set forth in subdivision (b) of section 1136 of the tax
    23  law, next succeeding April 1, 2020.   Effective immediately,  the  addi-
    24  tion,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for
    25  the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized  to
    26  be made and completed on or before such effective date.