Bill Text: NY A06690 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes a commission to be known as the "New York State Temporary Commission on the Threat of Rising Oceans".

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 28-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-07-06 - enacting clause stricken [A06690 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06690-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         6690--A

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     March 15, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CRESPO,  PICHARDO,  RAMOS, RODRIGUEZ, JONES,
          D'URSO,  CAHILL,  DICKENS,  ORTIZ,  LUPARDO,  THIELE,  RIVERA,  GALEF,
          BARRON,  TAYLOR, HUNTER, GIGLIO, WILLIAMS, JAFFEE, COOK, ARROYO, NIOU,
          KOLB, SIMON, DE LA ROSA, BENEDETTO, JOYNER, BLAKE, DAVILA -- read once
          and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations --  recommit-
          ted  to  the  Committee  on Governmental Operations in accordance with
          Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to establish a commission to be known  as  the  "New  York  State
          Temporary  Commission  on  the Threat of Rising Oceans"; and providing
          for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

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

     1    Section  1.  There  is hereby established a temporary commission to be
     2  known as the "New York State  Temporary  Commission  on  the  Threat  of
     3  Rising Oceans", hereinafter referred to in this act as the "commission".
     4    §  2.  1.  The commission shall be composed of 17 members appointed in
     5  accordance with subdivision two of this section.
     6    2. The members shall be appointed for the life of  the  commission  as
     7  follows:
     8    (a) 3 shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate;
     9    (b) 1 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
    10    (c) 3 shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
    11    (d) 1 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly; and
    12    (e) 9 shall be appointed by the governor.
    13    3.  The  members of the commission shall be individuals who have know-
    14  ledge or expertise, whether by experience or training, in matters to  be
    15  studied by the commission under subdivision seven of this section.
    16    4.  The  temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of the
    17  senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the assembly
    18  and the governor shall make his or her respective appointments not later

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09717-02-0

        A. 6690--A                          2

     1  than 60 days after the effective date of  this  act.  Any  vacancy  that
     2  occurs  during the life of the commission shall not affect the powers of
     3  the commission and shall be filled in the same manner  as  the  original
     4  appointment not later than 30 days after the vacancy occurs.
     5    5.  A  majority  of  the  members shall constitute a quorum to conduct
     6  business, but the commission may establish a lesser quorum for  conduct-
     7  ing  hearings scheduled by the commission. Each member shall have 1 vote
     8  and the vote of each member shall  be  accorded  the  same  weight.  The
     9  commission  may  establish,  by  majority  vote, any other rules for the
    10  conduct of the commission's business, insofar  as  such  rules  are  not
    11  inconsistent with this section or other applicable law.
    12    6. The commission shall conduct a comprehensive study on the threat of
    13  rising ocean levels.
    14    (a) The matters studied by the commission under this subdivision shall
    15  include, but not be limited to:
    16    (1)  the  threat  of  rising  oceans  on  shoreline communities, their
    17  infrastructure, and residents;
    18    (2) options available to protect New York City and  Long  Island  from
    19  rising oceans and provide a cost estimate for such options;
    20    (3)  options  available to protect New York Harbor from rising oceans,
    21  including, but not limited to, the building of a sea wall and its  asso-
    22  ciated costs;
    23    (4)  international  infrastructure  in  place to protect other regions
    24  from rising oceans and provide a comparative description of  what  other
    25  nations  have  done  to address that threat in those regions and at what
    26  costs;
    27    (5) a review of the current flood zone designations of  shoreline  and
    28  waterfront communities; and
    29    (6) the potential of a public awareness campaign and for such outreach
    30  to inform residents of impacted communities and those in projected flood
    31  zones on how to prepare for possible damage by rising oceans.
    32    (b)  Not  later than March 1, 2022, the commission shall submit to the
    33  governor, the senate, and the assembly a  comprehensive  report  on  the
    34  commission's  findings  and  conclusions. Such report shall address each
    35  matter studied by the commission.
    36    7. The commission shall have the power to hold hearings, at such sites
    37  and to act at such times and places, to  take  such  testimony,  and  to
    38  receive  such evidence as the commission considers advisable to carrying
    39  out its duties under this subdivision.
    40    8. Members of the commission shall receive no compensation  but  shall
    41  be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses in the performance
    42  of their duties pursuant to this act.
    43    §  3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire April 1,
    44  2022 when upon such date the provisions of  this  act  shall  be  deemed
    45  repealed.
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