Bill Text: NY S03967 | 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: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-15 - PRINT NUMBER 3967A [S03967 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03967-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    February 22, 2019

        Introduced  by  Sens.  BROOKS, THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Budget and Reven-
          ue -- 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-
    20  tion. The members of the Green  Ribbon  Panel  shall  include  represen-
    21  tatives  from  each  of  the  following groups: the school bus industry,

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

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