Bill Text: NY S00544 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Directs the commissioner of motor vehicles to conduct a study on the distribution of traffic fines and to issue a report on the matter.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-09 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S00544 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00544-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                           544
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                       (Prefiled)
                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  AKSHAR -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT directing the commissioner of motor vehicles to conduct  a  study
          on the distribution of traffic fines
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The commissioner of motor vehicles shall conduct a study in
     2  cooperation and consultation with the  New  York  State  Association  of
     3  Towns,  the  New  York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, and
     4  the New York State Magistrates Association relating to  the  disposition
     5  of  fines  and  penalties as provided in section 1803 of the vehicle and
     6  traffic law. Such study shall include, but not be limited to,  an  exam-
     7  ination  of  the distribution of fine revenue according to the jurisdic-
     8  tion over the highway where a violation occurred, the statute  violated,
     9  whether  the  statute  violated is a state law or a local ordinance, and
    10  the annual per capita monetary cap on revenues  applicable  to  villages
    11  and  suburban  towns.  In conducting this study, such commissioner shall
    12  examine particularly the fairness of the current law as  it  relates  to
    13  the  disposition  of fines collected for violations under title 7 of the
    14  vehicle and traffic law, with special attention given to  violations  of
    15  section 1180 of the vehicle and traffic law.
    16    §  2.  Upon completion of the study but no later than the thirty-first
    17  of December next succeeding the date on which this act shall have become
    18  a law, the commissioner of motor vehicles shall submit a report based on
    19  the findings of the study to the governor, the  temporary  president  of
    20  the  senate,  the  speaker  of  the assembly, the minority leader of the
    21  senate, the minority leader of the assembly, the  chair  of  the  senate
    22  transportation  committee,  and the chair of the assembly transportation
    23  committee which shall include the findings  of  the  study  as  well  as
    24  recommendations  for  statutory changes that may be implemented in order
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03034-01-9

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     1  to ensure a more equitable distribution of  revenue  for  violations  of
     2  title  7 of the vehicle and traffic law, with special attention given to
     3  violations of section 1180 of the vehicle and traffic law.
     4    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
     5  have become a law.
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