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A00791 Summary:

BILL NOA00791
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02768
 
SPONSORCarroll
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §§1269-b & 1276-b, Pub Auth L
 
Requires the metropolitan transportation authority to publish certain financial reports, including reports relating to revenue and expenditures of funds on the authority's website.
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A00791 Actions:

BILL NOA00791
 
01/06/2021referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
01/05/2022referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
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A00791 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A791               Revised 2/11/2021
 
SPONSOR: Carroll
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the metropolitan transportation authority to publish certain financial reports on the authority's website   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires the metropolitan transit authority to publish certain financial reports, including reports relating to revenue and expenditures of funds on the authority's website   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shall publish data on the authority's website pertaining to the finances of the authority. Section 1. Amends subdivision 2-a of section 1269-b of the public Authorities law to mandate all data pertaining to the MTA's capital Programs be published on the authority's website, including but not Limited to: a) capital project trackers; b) revenues; and c) expendi- tures Section 2. Amends section 1276-b of the public authorities law to Mandate all data pertaining to 'the MTA's Financial plan and operating Budget will be published on the authority's website, including but not Limited to: a) revenues; b) expenses; c) staffing. Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: The MTA lacks transparency with how they are allocating funds in their Operating and capital budgets. Without a public understanding of how the MTA is using tax dollars, holding the authority responsible and reform- ing poor practices is near impossible. Currently, data is inaccessible For State residents. Our legislation mandates that the MTA post relevant data regarding their financial plan, operating budget, capital budget and plan in a timely fashion. This includes, but is not limited to creating a capital project tracker page on their website for different ongoing projects. It also mandates that revenue and expense estimates are posted and thereafter, actual funds and costs are available on the MTAs website.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10089/S.6669 of 2019-20   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
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A00791 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           791
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. CARROLL -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
 
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the
          metropolitan transportation authority  to  publish  certain  financial
          reports on the authority's website
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 2-a of section 1269-b of the public authorities
     2  law is amended by adding three new paragraphs (c), (d) and (e)  to  read
     3  as follows:
     4    (c)  The  authority  shall  publish  all  data  pertaining  to capital
     5  programs of the  authority  and  any  amendments  to  such  programs  as
     6  required by this section on the authority's website in a common, machine
     7  readable format, as defined by executive order number ninety-five of two
     8  thousand  thirteen,  "Using  Technology to Promote Transparency, Improve
     9  Government Performance and Enhance Citizen Engagement" or any  successor
    10  order. Such data shall include, but not be limited to:
    11    (i)  all  data  required  by  paragraph (c) of subdivision one of this
    12  section, including estimates of capital funding required each  year  and
    13  expected sources of such funding;
    14    (ii)  all  data required by subdivision two of this section, including
    15  proposed expenditures or commitments of funding for  individual  capital
    16  elements required; and
    17    (iii) all data regarding proposed expenditures or commitments of indi-
    18  vidual projects in each capital element.
    19    (d)  Individual  capital  project  data shall be included in a capital
    20  program dashboard maintained by the authority on its website. Any summa-
    21  ry views provided on the website shall include the original budgets  and
    22  schedules,  in  addition  to  current  or amended budgets and schedules.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05459-01-1

        A. 791                              2
 
     1  Data pertaining to individual projects shall include, but not be limited
     2  to:
     3    (i) the capital project identification number;
     4    (ii) the capital plan years;
     5    (iii) the agency or authority undertaking the project;
     6    (iv) a project description;
     7    (v) the project location;
     8    (vi)  the  capital  need  met  by  the  project, such as state of good
     9  repair, normal replacement,  system  improvement,  system  expansion  or
    10  other category;
    11    (vii)  budget  information  including  the original budget, all amend-
    12  ments, the current budget and planned annual allocations; and
    13    (viii) a schedule for project delivery including original, amended and
    14  current start and completion dates.
    15    The status of projects shall be provided and state the  current  phase
    16  of  the  project,  such as planning, design, construction or completion,
    17  and shall state how close such project is to completion as  measured  in
    18  percentage. The dashboard shall measure progress based on original budg-
    19  ets and schedules rather than amended budgets and schedules. All changes
    20  to  planned budgets or schedules shall be provided in narrative form and
    21  describe the reason for each change or amendment.  The  dashboard  shall
    22  include  a  glossary  or  data  dictionary which contains plain language
    23  descriptions of the data and information provided on the dashboard.  The
    24  dashboard  shall be updated, at a minimum, on a quarterly basis, and all
    25  data fields available on the dashboard shall be made available for down-
    26  load on the authority's website in a  single  tabular  data  file  in  a
    27  common,  machine  readable  format. Capital dashboard data shall also be
    28  made available on  the  data.ny.gov  website  or  such  other  successor
    29  website maintained by, or on behalf of, the state, as deemed appropriate
    30  by  the  New  York state office of information technology services under
    31  executive order number ninety-five of  two  thousand  thirteen,  or  any
    32  successor agency or order.
    33    (e)  The  data  required  to be published pursuant to this subdivision
    34  shall be made in a single tabular data file in a common,  machine  read-
    35  able  format  and shall be accessible on the authority's website and the
    36  website data.ny.gov or such other successor website maintained by, or on
    37  behalf of, the state, as deemed appropriate by the New York state office
    38  of information technology services under executive order number  ninety-
    39  five of two thousand thirteen, or any successor agency or order.
    40    § 2. Section 1276-b of the public authorities law is amended by adding
    41  two new subdivisions 6 and 7 to read as follows:
    42    6. The authority shall publish all data pertaining to each authority's
    43  budget  and  financial  plans  as  required by this section in a common,
    44  machine readable format on the authority's website as defined by  execu-
    45  tive order number ninety-five of two thousand thirteen, "Using Technolo-
    46  gy  to  Promote Transparency, Improve Government Performance and Enhance
    47  Citizen Engagement" or any successor order. Such data shall include, but
    48  not be limited to:
    49    (a) estimates of projected operating revenues and expenses,  including
    50  monthly  projections  for  the  current  fiscal year of all revenues and
    51  expenses;
    52    (b) any planned transaction  that  would  shift  resources,  from  any
    53  source, from one fiscal year to another, and the amount of any reserves;
    54    (c) quarterly revenue and expense targets;
    55    (d) staffing for the authority and each of its agencies;

        A. 791                              3
 
     1    (e)  a comparison of actual revenues and expenses, actual staffing and
     2  actual utilization to planned  or  projected  levels  for  each  of  the
     3  authority's agencies that operate transportation systems;
     4    (f)  the  status of each gap-closing initiative with a projected value
     5  greater than one million dollars in any given fiscal year; and
     6    (g) the status of capital projects by capital element,  including  but
     7  not  limited to commitments, expenditures and completions; and an expla-
     8  nation of material variances from the plan, cost overruns and delays.
     9    7. The data required to be published pursuant to this section shall be
    10  made in a single tabular data file in a common, machine readable  format
    11  and  shall  be  accessible  on  the  authority's website and the website
    12  data.ny.gov or such other successor website maintained by, or on  behalf
    13  of,  the  state,  as  deemed appropriate by the New York state office of
    14  information technology services under executive order number ninety-five
    15  of two thousand thirteen, or any successor agency or order.
    16    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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