The state Senate next week will hold a public hearing on limousine and bus safety following last year’s deadly crash of a stretch limo that killed 20 people in Schoharie.

The hearing, announced by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, will be held Thursday in Albany and led by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Tim Kennedy.

“It is important that we do all we can to improve limousine safety and help prevent future tragedies. While the enacted budget includes new regulations for limousine operators, we want to hear from New Yorkers as we work to further enhance passenger and road safety,” she said. “I commend Senator Kennedy for organizing this hearing and for his continued leadership on this critical issue.”

The state budget agreement last month included new limo safety laws, as well as increased penalties for safety and registration violations.

The new regulations include doubled penalties for violating safety rules and regulations for limousine operation. At the same time, the Department of Motor Vehicles would be permitted to confiscate license plates of stretch limousines that have failed to pass inspection.

“Steps need to be taken to ensure another tragedy like the Schoharie limousine crash does not happen again,” said Sen. Neil Breslin, a Democrat who represents the Albany area.

“I am proud of our efforts to increase the minimum insurance coverage for these providers to $1.5 million, and we will continue to take steps to ensure limousine companies take their responsibilities seriously. I commend Senator Kennedy for holding this safety hearing and look forward to working together to protect New Yorkers.”