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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2017

LCO No. 8771

   
 

*HB0712608771SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

SEN. KELLY, 21st Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 7126

File No. 771

Cal. No. 459

"AN ACT REGULATING TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES AND TAXICABS. "

In line 55, strike "fifty" and insert "five" in lieu thereof

In line 56, strike "The"

In line 57, strike "nonrefundable fee for such renewal shall be five thousand dollars. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 13b-99 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2018):

(a) Upon the granting of a certificate of public convenience and necessity as provided in section 13b-97, the holder thereof may apply to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for the registration of any taxicab of which the holder is the owner or lessee and which is to be used as specified in such certificate, and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall have jurisdiction over the registration of any taxicab and its exterior lighting equipment and over the licensing of its operator. Each registered taxicab shall have [a permanently attached electric rooftop light] an electric light attached to the rooftop of the taxicab. Each registered taxicab shall indicate, in [three-inch type permanently] type affixed to the outside of such taxicab, the phone number of the company operating such taxicab.

(b) Each such taxicab shall be inspected, biennially, at the time of renewal of registration of such taxicab, by a repairer or limited repairer licensed and authorized by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to perform such inspections. The commissioner shall set a fee for such an inspection.

(c) Each such taxicab shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection (d) of section 14-100a.

(d) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of this section. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall consult with the Commissioner of Transportation before adopting any regulation concerning the attachment of a rooftop light to a taxicab under subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 502. Subsection (a) of section 17b-276 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2018):

(a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall identify geographic areas of the state where competitive bidding for nonemergency transportation services provided to medical assistance recipients to access covered medical services would result in cost savings to the state. For the identified areas, the Commissioner of Social Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, shall purchase such nonemergency transportation services through a competitive bidding process. Any transportation providers awarded a contract or subcontract for the direct provision of such services shall be common carriers and meet state licensure or certification requirements and the nonemergency transportation requirements established by the Department of Social Services, and shall provide the most cost effective transportation service, provided any contractor awarded a contract solely for coordinating such transportation services shall not be required to meet such licensure or certification requirements and provided the first such contracts for the purchase of such services shall not exceed one year. Prior to awarding a contract pursuant to this section, the Commissioner of Social Services shall consider the effect of the contract on the emergency ambulance primary service areas and volunteer ambulance services affected by the contract. The commissioner may limit the geographic areas to be served by a contractor and may limit the amount of services to be performed by a contractor. The commissioner may operate one or more pilot programs prior to state-wide operation of a competitive bidding program for nonemergency transportation services. By enrolling in the Medicaid program or participating in the competitively bid contract for nonemergency transportation services, providers of nonemergency transportation services agree to offer to recipients of medical assistance all types or levels of transportation services for which they are licensed or certified. Effective October 1, 1991, payment for such services shall be made only for services provided to an eligible recipient who is actually transported. A contract entered into pursuant to this section may include services provided by another state agency. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, a contract entered into pursuant to this section shall establish the rates to be paid for the transportation services provided under the contract. A contract entered into pursuant to this section may include services provided by another state agency and shall supersede any conflicting provisions of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies pertaining to medical transportation services. Any contractor awarded a contract for coordinating nonemergency transportation services for medical assistance recipients, who also coordinates transportation services for nonmedical assistance recipients, shall disclose to any transportation provider, with whom it subcontracts to provide nonemergency transportation services under this section, the source of payment at the time the service is requested. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

January 1, 2018

13b-99

Sec. 502

January 1, 2018

17b-276(a)