Rockland County Lawmakers Argue Competing Bills

Posted on February 7, 2007 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

NEW CITY, N.Y. — Rockland County is considering two competing taxi and limousine industry bills that may require the state to give the county home rule.

One of the bills proposes the county form its own licensing commission in order to streamline the licensing process. The other bill calls for allowing taxis and limousines to drop off and pick up passengers in New York City and the surrounding areas without penalty from those municipalities.

Current laws permit Westchester and New York City drivers to operate in Rockland but don’t allow Rockland to drop off passengers at airports in those places. The second bill would give the county’s taxis and limousines the right to drop off passengers at any place in the metropolitan area and pick up passengers there without having to get a license from those municipalities.

If either bill passes, the state would draft a final bill and send it back to Rockland for review, where it would be adopted into a resolution and then introduced into the assembly and senate. If approved by both, the governor would have the option of signing it into state law. The law would be sent back to Rockland, at which point the county would accept the law, and assume home rule.

Source: Limo Talk National Newswire

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