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2020 CHAPTER LAWS
01/23/20 signed chap.1
Repealed Articles 29 & 29-A, adds Article 29 §§505 - 521, Agriculture & Markets Law (as proposed in S.6184-A & A.7680-A, 2019 Chapter 614); adds Article 33-B §§3398 - 3398-u, amends §3302, Public Health Law. Relates to hemp, cannabinoid hemp, and hemp extract.
02/03/20 signed chap.2 with Press Release
Adds §507-a, Vehicle & Traffic Law. Relates to drug and alcohol testing and requirements for for-hire vehicle drivers and motor carriers.
02/03/20 signed chap.3 with Press Release
Establishes the stretch limousine passenger safety task force to conduct a comprehensive review of matters influencing the safety, adequacy, efficiency, and reliability of stretch limousine transportation of passengers for compensation.
02/03/20 signed chap.4 with Press Release
Amends §1161, Vehicle & Traffic Law. Relates to the punishment for certain traffic infractions committed by an operator of a stretch limousine or other motor vehicle designed or modified for purposes of having a seating capacity of nine or more passengers.
02/03/20 signed chap.5 with Press Release
Amends §138, Transportation Law. Requires the commissioner of transportation to establish, maintain, monitor and publicize a hotline operated and maintained by the department of motor vehicles through which any person may report safety issues with stretch limousines and to use such reports when determining withdrawing a motor carrier's operating authority or denying applications for new or revised operating authority.
02/03/20 signed chap.6 with Press Release
Amends §§151, 501 & 501-a, Transportation Law. Relates to stretch limousine safety requirements and changes the class of license required to operate stretch limousines; stretch limousines are vehicles that have a seating capacity of nine or more.
02/03/20 signed chap.7
Amends §§1105 & 1115, Tax Law; amends §§51 & 51-a, Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (as proposed in S.6289-A & A.7947-A). Exempts certain beer tastings from retail sales and compensating use taxes.
02/03/20 signed chap.8 with Press Release
Amends §1229-c, Vehicle & Traffic Law. Requires passengers under 16 to wear safety belts in taxis and livery vehicles.
02/03/20 signed chap.9 with Press Release
Amends §140, Transportation Law. Allows the commissioner of transportation to impound or immobilize stretch limousines in certain situations; provides that such impounded motor vehicle shall not be released unless the commissioner of transportation is satisfied that repairs have been scheduled or been made to satisfactorily adjust such vehicle's out-of-service defect or defects; provides that release of such impounded vehicle without approval by such commissioner shall be punishable by a fine of up to ten thousand dollars; makes related provisions.
02/03/20 signed chap.10 with Press Release
Amends §§375 & 383, Vehicle & Traffic Law. Provides that altered motor vehicles commonly referred to as "stretch limousines" which were altered on or after January 1, 2021, shall have at least two safety belts for the front seat and at least one safety belt for the rear seat for each passenger for which the rear seat of such vehicle was designed.
02/03/20 signed chap.11 with Press Release
Amends §375, Vehicle & Traffic Law. Requires stretch limousines to use commercial global positioning system technology which takes into account the minimum clearance, weight restriction, or turning radius of the motor vehicle.
02/03/20 signed chap.12 with Press Release
Amends §§509-d & 509-m, Vehicle & Traffic Law; amends §138, Transportation Law. Provides that every motor carrier shall furnish the department of motor vehicles a list of each altered motor vehicle commonly referred to as a "stretch limousine" designed to carry 9 or more passengers; requires the commissioner of motor vehicles to annually review the bus driver files of each driver employed by a motor vehicle carrier who operates such stretch limousine; makes related provisions.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.13
Amends §5, Public Service Law (Chapter 606 of 2019 as proposed in S.5782-A & A.7811-A). Allows the commission to designate any commercial mobile radio or cellular telephone service providers as an eligible telecommunications carrier for purposes of providing lifeline service.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.14
Amends §145, Public Buildings Law (Chapter 729 of 2019 as proposed in S.5922 & A.109). Requires that all single-occupancy bathrooms in state-owned or operated buildings and office space be designated as gender neutral.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.15
Amends §1, Chapter 575 of 2019 (as proposed in S.6030 & A.382). Directs the office of information technology services to conduct a study on the use of legal material in an electronic format that guarantees the authenticity of and access to such legal materials.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.16
Repealed §202-b sub 2 ¶(e), amends §§207 & 202-b, State Administrative Procedure Act; amends §3, Chapter 577 of 2019 (as proposed in S.5812 & A.842). Relates to the time needed by small business and local governments to comply with new regulations.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.17
Amends §4, Chapter 747 of 2019 (as proposed in S.4278 & A.6330). elates to enacting the "women on corporate boards study", in relation to the effectiveness thereof.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.18
Repealed Chapter 754 of 2019 (as proposed in S.6588-A & A.8422-A). Authorizes the appointment of a monitor to oversee the Wyandanch union free school district, authorizes deficit financing and an advance of aid payments for such district.
02/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.19
Repealed Chapter 753 of 2019 (as proposed in S.6559 & A.8403). Authorizes the appointment of a monitor to oversee the Hempstead union free school district.
Amends §592, Labor Law (as proposed in S.4573 & A.6592). Relates to increasing the length of the suspension period applicable to certain striking workers who seek to obtain unemployment insurance benefits.
Amends §4-117, Election Law. Relates to the timing of the annual check of registrants.
Amends §§2, 4, 5, 6 & 7, Chapter of 2019 (as proposed in S.3204 & A.7667). Relates to changing the amount of members the African-American History Commission consists of, extends the deadline for when the commission should submit reports of its findings, and extends the repeal date for when the commission shall cease to exist.
STEWART-COUSINS Governor Program # 8
03/03/20 SIGNED CHAP.23 with Press Release
Amends §§20 & 29-a, Executive Law. Permits the governor to issue by executive order any directive necessary to respond to a state disaster emergency; and makes a $40,000,000 appropriation from the state purposes account of the general fund for responding to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).