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A00159 Summary:

BILL NO    A00159B


SPONSOR    Budget



Amd Various Laws, generally

Enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the
transportation, economic development and environmental conservation budget for
the 2009-2010 state fiscal year; extends the department of transportations
single audit program; provides the annual authorization for the CHIPS and
Marchiselli programs; extends the suspension of drivers licenses pending
prosecution for certain alcohol related offenses an additional two years;
extends the suspension/revocation of drivers licenses for certain drug-related
offenses an additional two years; extends authorization to pay department of
motor vehicle costs from the dedicated highway and bridge trust fund; increases
various driver license fees and registration and related fees; reissuance of
license plates; eliminates the one hundred dollar cap on surcharges for
equipment and certain moving violations with two or more convictions arising
out of the same incident; extends provisions relating to the motor vehicle
financial security act; conforms NYS motor vehicle provisions with federal
requirements governing operation of commercial motor vehicles; provides fees
for each book of prelicensing course completion certificates provided to
driving schools; modifies the dedicated highway and bridge trust fund reporting
requirements; extends certain revenues to the dedicated highway and bridge
trust fund and the mass transportation operating assistance fund; increases
food inspection penalties for violations which represent a risk to public
health; extends the funds distribution formula for the community services block
grant program; reduces the amount of real estate transfer tax revenue deposited
into the environmental protection fund; authorizes and directs the comptroller
to deposit to the general fund certain monies from the state energy and
research development authority; assesses a fee upon the entry of a horse in NYS
pari-mutuel races; makes permanent the general loan powers of the NYSUDC;
authorizes the NYSERDA to finance a portion of its research, development and
demonstration and policy and planning programs from assessments on gas and
electric corporations; requires an appropriation for each fiscal year that
reflects the value of assets transferred from NYPA to the state pursuant to an
MOU between the NYPA and the state; authorizes the battery city park authority
to make contributions to the state treasury; authorizes the NYSUDC to make
contributions to the state treasury; increases a bond issuance charge;
eliminates the Northeastern Queens nature and historical preserve commission;
eliminates the Hudson River greenway communities council and Hudson River
valley greenway heritage conservancy and transfer liabilities, assets and
responsibilities of the greenway, council and heritage conservancy to the
department of state; increases food safety inspection and licensing fees and
requires the licensure of seed labelers and distributors; increases certain
state pollution discharge elimination system fees; hunting/fishing and trapping
licenses; establishes a recreational marine fishing license; increases the
utility assessment cap imposed by section 18-A of the public service law;
establishes a temporary state energy and utility service conservation
assessment and authorizes aggregate energy purchases for state agencies and
other entities by the NYPA; increases the civil penalty for repair shops,
inspections stations, certified inspectors and automobile dealers; increases
the license termination fee, the license reinstatement fee and scofflaw
termination fee; dedicates the local share of state receipts from the gaming
facility in Erie county and changes the distribution of tribal-state compact
revenues for the city of Niagara Falls; extends the authority of the secretary
of state to charge increased fees for expedited handling of documents; expands
the state's "bottle bill" to include additional beverage containers; clarifies
the authority of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation
relating to future sales of merchandise, goods, commodities and food service
items; recovers the cost of centralized state services provided on behalf of
industrial development agencies; imposes fees related to certain activities
conducted by department of taxation and finance and prohibits tax return
preparers and software companies from charging separately for electronic filing
of NY tax documents; provides that expenses of the public service education
program incurred pursuant to appropriations from the cable television account
shall be expenses of the department of public service; establishes the healthy
food/healthy community initiatives; provides for pesticide applicators fees and
registration; provides for mind land reclamation fees; provides for wetland
permit fees; provides for operating permit program; provides for water
withdrawal reporting; provides for mandatory surcharge on certain environmental
offenses; provides for NYSUDC to submit a comprehensive financial plan to the
director of the budget and establishing accounts and subaccounts within the
treasury of the UDC.
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