Bill Text: NY S03185 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes the hyperloop and high speed rail commission to assess and study the benefits and implications of creating a high speed rail system in New York state.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-30 - REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE [S03185 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03185-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          3185
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 4, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to establishing  the
          hyperloop and high speed rail commission
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The transportation law is amended by adding a  new  article
     2  23 to read as follows:
     3                                 ARTICLE 23
     4                  HYPERLOOP AND HIGH SPEED RAIL COMMISSION
     5  Section 490. Hyperloop and high speed rail commission.
     6          491. Powers and duties of the commission.
     7          492. Reporting.
     8          493. Assistance of other agencies.
     9    §  490.  Hyperloop  and high speed rail commission. 1. There is hereby
    10  established in the department a commission, to be known as the hyperloop
    11  and high speed rail commission.
    12    2. Such commission shall consist of the president of  the  Metro-North
    13  Railroad  and  eleven  other  members  to be appointed as follows: three
    14  shall be appointed by the governor; two shall be appointed by the major-
    15  ity leader of the senate and two by the minority leader of  the  senate;
    16  and two shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly and two by the
    17  minority leader of the assembly.
    18    3.  The commission members shall be appointed within thirty days after
    19  the effective date of this article and  shall  meet  publicly  at  least
    20  quarterly.
    21    §  491. Powers and duties of the commission. The commission shall have
    22  the following powers and duties:
    23    1. assess and study the benefits and implications, including financial
    24  implications, of creating a hyperloop and high speed rail system  within
    25  New York state;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03967-01-9

        S. 3185                             2
     1    2.  plan  and  advise  the  department  on  future improvements to the
     2  state's rail systems that are necessary to  implement  a  hyperloop  and
     3  high  speed  rail service in the state, including making recommendations
     4  for the best governmental structure to design, build, operate,  maintain
     5  and finance a hyperloop and high speed rail system;
     6    3.  evaluate all available hyperloop and high speed rail technologies,
     7  systems and operators, and make recommendations on an appropriate hyper-
     8  loop and high speed rail system;
     9    4. research options, in coordination with the department, with respect
    10  to agreements with private entities necessary to  permit  hyperloop  and
    11  high  speed  trains, including but not limited to agreements relating to
    12  track improvements and agreements to operate a hyperloop and high  speed
    13  rail  system,  and to provide the department with recommendations on the
    14  form any such agreement should take;
    15    5. advise and work with the department on making application  for  any
    16  additional  funding that may be available for the development and opera-
    17  tion of a hyperloop and high speed rail system in the  state,  provided,
    18  however,  that  no such funding that requires a state match of funds may
    19  be sought except on approval of the governor and  the  director  of  the
    20  division of the budget; and
    21    6.  to  issue requests for information from all companies that operate
    22  hyperloop and high speed rails  around  the  world  including,  but  not
    23  limited  to,  companies in Japan, China, South Korea and Germany, and to
    24  collect and present a comprehensive outline of potential companies  that
    25  could operate a hyperloop and high speed rail system in the state.
    26    § 492. Reporting. The commission shall make a report with its findings
    27  to  the  governor  and the legislature within two years of the effective
    28  date of this article and annually thereafter. Upon the  transmission  of
    29  the  report  to the governor and the legislature, the commissioner shall
    30  within thirty days determine whether the commission  shall  continue  in
    31  operation,  or whether it shall be changed in some manner, or whether it
    32  shall be dissolved and shall report his or her findings and  recommenda-
    33  tions to the governor and the legislature.
    34    §  493.  Assistance  of  other agencies. To effectuate the purposes of
    35  this article, the commission may request  and  shall  receive  from  any
    36  department,  division,  board,  bureau,  commission  or  other agency or
    37  authority of the state such assistance, information  and  data  as  will
    38  enable  the  commission  to  properly carry out its powers and duties as
    39  described in section four hundred  ninety  one  of  this  article.  Such
    40  assistance  shall not waive or impair the terms of an existing agreement
    41  negotiated between the relevant employer and employee  organization  nor
    42  limit  any  obligation  to  bargain  terms  and conditions of employment
    43  pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law.
    44    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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