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S06670 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                       May 4, 2023
        Introduced by Sen. SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recom-
          mitted to the Committee on Transportation in  accordance  with  Senate
          Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT establishing the "COVID-19 livery vehicle recovery act"
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
     2  the "COVID-19 livery vehicle recovery act".
     3    § 2. Notwithstanding any local law to the contrary, any entity issuing
     4  for-hire vehicle licenses shall, for a minimum  of  one  year  upon  the
     5  effective  date  of  this  act,  allow for the renewal of livery vehicle
     6  licenses which expired during the  COVID-19  pandemic,  under  the  same
     7  vehicle  type  requirement that existed at the time of expiration unless
     8  the livery vehicle owner opts to renew at the current requirement.  Such
     9  livery vehicle licenses restored pursuant to this act may  not  transfer
    10  their  base  affiliation to individuals, partnerships, limited liability
    11  companies, business corporations, sole proprietorships, or any  combina-
    12  tion  of  one  or  more such entities operating under, or in affiliation
    13  with, one brand or trade name or a  common  brand,  trade,  business  or
    14  operating  name, that offers, facilitates, or otherwise connects passen-
    15  gers to for-hire vehicles by prearrangement in the  city  of  New  York,
    16  utilizing  software  that allows a passenger or prospective passenger to
    17  arrange  for  transportation  using  a  passenger-facing  booking  tool,
    18  including  a smartphone or other electronic device, and that dispatches,
    19  or facilitates the dispatching of, 10,000 or more trips in such city  in
    20  one  day.  Livery vehicle owners seeking a renewal of an expired license
    21  during this open window shall not be penalized, such  as  through  addi-
    22  tional  charges  or  fees.    Provided further that, notwithstanding the
    23  livery vehicle licenses restored pursuant to this act,  this  act  shall
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  not  otherwise affect the ability of the entity issuing for-hire vehicle
     2  licenses from setting or  regulating  the  number  of  for-hire  vehicle
     3  licenses, nor shall it impair such entity's ability to enter into agree-
     4  ments  with  for-hire  vehicles,  including  liveries,  to transition to
     5  hybrid or zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
     6    § 3. For the purposes of this act, the COVID-19 pandemic is deemed  to
     7  have  begun  upon  the issuance of Executive Order 202 on March 7, 2020,
     8  and is deemed to have ended upon the expiration of  Executive  Order  11
     9  after September 12, 2022.
    10    §  4.  For purposes of this act, "for-hire vehicle", "owner", "livery"
    11  and "vehicle license" shall mean the same as defined  by  local  law  or
    12  regulation.
    13    §  5.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    14  have become a law.
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