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A08229 Summary:

BILL NOA08229
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORLupardo
 
COSPNSRHunter, Ra
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 223, Eld L
 
Amends provisions of the economically sustainable transportation demonstration program to provide an on demand transit service for seniors using automobiles driven by volunteer and paid drivers.
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A08229 Actions:

BILL NOA08229
 
06/02/2017referred to aging
01/03/2018referred to aging
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A08229 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8229
 
SPONSOR: Lupardo
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to an economically sustainable transportation demonstration program   PURPOSE: To establish an economically sustainable transportation demonstration pilot program in up to five counties.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends subdivisions 2 and 6 of the elder law, instructing the director of the Office for the Aging to establish a pilot program for the economically sustainable transportation program, within the amounts appropriated therefor, in up to five counties, each with a population of less than 300,000 persons (as of the 2010 Census). Also requires that economically sustainable transportation providers which receive grants submit a report to the director including participation rates, imped- iments to implementation, and steps taken to ensure sustainability. Section 2: Establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This bill seeks to enable seniors to remain independent and mobile in their communities. Many seniors are dependent on adult children or care- takers to provide transportation to and from medical appointments and other errands such as grocery shopping. Unfortunately, not all seniors have adult children nearby on whom they can rely, or access to afforda- ble transportation services. Through a combination of paid and volunteer drivers, communities can reengage their seniors within the community by providing them with an on-demand transit service. This pilot program is intended to demonstrate that such a program could grow to become self- sustaining through consumer fares as well as voluntary community support. Success of such a pilot program would encourage communities throughout the state to adopt similar programs and help to bring seniors all across the state back into their communities.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016: S.7691 Passed Senate   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to appropriation.   EFFECTIVE DATE: The act shall take effect immediately.
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A08229 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8229
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 2, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Aging
 
        AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to an economically  sustaina-
          ble transportation demonstration program
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivisions 2 and 6 of section 223 of the  elder  law,  as
     2  added  by  section  3  of  part J of chapter 57 of the laws of 2006, are
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    2. The director shall establish the economically sustainable transpor-
     5  tation demonstration program for the  purpose  of  enabling  seniors  to
     6  remain  independent  and  mobile  in  their community. The program would
     7  provide an on demand transit service for seniors [that would use] estab-
     8  lishing, at a minimum, operational hours during  normal  business  hours
     9  using  automobiles  driven  by  volunteer  and paid drivers to transport
    10  seniors to where they need and want to  go.  [After  a  period  of  five
    11  years,  the  program  would  no longer be eligible for state funding and
    12  would be completely  self-sustaining,  relying  on  consumer  fares  and
    13  voluntary community support to remain operational.]
    14    6.  [Within  amounts appropriated, the] The director shall establish a
    15  pilot program within amounts appropriated therefor, in up to five  coun-
    16  ties,  each  with not more than three hundred thousand persons as of the
    17  two thousand ten United States census, or a collaborative project of two
    18  contiguous counties that each do not have more than three hundred  thou-
    19  sand persons as of the two thousand ten United States census. The direc-
    20  tor  shall  make  grants available to qualified economically sustainable
    21  transportation providers of no less than fifty-five thousand dollars per
    22  grantee [in the first year of the  operation  of  the  program].    Each
    23  provider shall be required to submit a report to the director within one
    24  year  of  the  implementation of such pilot program which shall include,
    25  but not be limited  to, documentation of participation rates, any imped-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04890-04-7

        A. 8229                             2
 
     1  iments to implementation encountered, steps taken to ensure sustainabil-
     2  ity of the program and proposals for expansion to other  service  areas.
     3  Such  providers  shall be eligible to receive funding under this section
     4  annually  for  up to five years. After such time, providers must be able
     5  to provide  economically  sustainable  transportation  services  without
     6  receiving  further  public financial assistance for operating or capital
     7  expenses.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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