S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1967--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 14, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Devel- opment and Small Business -- recommitted to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the state administrative procedure act, in relation to public hearings on proposed rules; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 102 of the state administrative 2 procedure act, as amended by section 155 of subpart B of part C of chap- 3 ter 62 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 4 1. "Agency" means any department, board, bureau, commission, division, 5 office, council, committee or officer of the state, or a public benefit 6 corporation or public authority at least one of whose members is 7 appointed by the governor, authorized by law to make rules or to make 8 final decisions in adjudicatory proceedings but shall not include the 9 governor, agencies in the legislative and judicial branches, agencies 10 created by interstate compact or international agreement, the division 11 of military and naval affairs to the extent it exercises its responsi- 12 bility for military and naval affairs, the division of state police, the 13 identification and intelligence unit of the division of criminal justice 14 services, the state insurance fund, the unemployment insurance appeal 15 board, and except for purposes of subdivision one of section two hundred 16 two-d AND SECTION TWO HUNDRED TWO-F of this chapter, the workers' 17 compensation board and except for purposes of article two of this chap- 18 ter, the department of corrections and community supervision. 19 S 2. The state administrative procedure act is amended by adding a new 20 section 202-f to read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04122-03-1 S. 1967--A 2 1 S 202-F. PUBLIC HEARINGS. 1. WHENEVER A PUBLIC HEARING IS HELD ON A 2 PROPOSED RULE PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER, UNLESS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN 3 LAW, AN AGENCY IS AUTHORIZED TO UTILIZE INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES TO ENHANCE 4 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN RULE MAKING, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ALLOW- 5 ING THE PUBLIC TO ASK QUESTIONS OF AGENCY PERSONNEL FOR A PORTION OF 6 SUCH HEARING, ORGANIZING SUCH HEARING AS A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION, SCHED- 7 ULING AN EVENING OR WEEKEND HEARING, AND USING BROADCASTING AND TELECON- 8 FERENCING TECHNOLOGIES; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO SUCH INNOVATIVE TECH- 9 NIQUES SHALL BE USED IN A MANNER WHICH DIMINISHES THE ABILITY WHICH 10 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED 11 RULE AT A PUBLIC HEARING. EACH AGENCY LISTED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS 12 SECTION SHALL, AND ANY OTHER AGENCY MAY, INCLUDE IN ITS ANNUAL REPORT A 13 DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF ITS USE OF INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES PURSUANT TO 14 THIS SUBDIVISION. 15 2. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, ANY AGENCY 16 LISTED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION WHICH RECEIVES A PETITION 17 SUBSCRIBED BY NOT FEWER THAN ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE PERSONS RESIDING IN 18 THIS STATE REQUESTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON ANY RULE OR RULES WHICH HAVE 19 BEEN PROPOSED BY THE AGENCY, OR HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED IN THE REGULATORY 20 AGENDA SUBMITTED BY THE AGENCY PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED TWO-D OF 21 THIS ARTICLE, SHALL HOLD AT LEAST ONE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE RULE OR 22 RULES; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY SUCH PETITION ON A RULE WHICH HAS 23 BEEN PROPOSED MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE AGENCY NOT LATER THAN THE TWENTI- 24 ETH DAY BEFORE THE LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS. ANY AGENCY THAT 25 RECEIVES A PETITION AFTER THE TWENTIETH DAY BEFORE THE LAST DATE FOR 26 SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS AND ANY AGENCY NOT LISTED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF 27 THIS SECTION MAY ELECT TO HOLD A HEARING UPON RECEIPT OF A PETITION. DUE 28 CONSIDERATION SHALL BE GIVEN TO ANY REQUEST IN A PETITION THAT A HEARING 29 BE CONDUCTED IN A PARTICULAR REGION. 30 3. AN AGENCY SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING PURSUANT 31 TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION (A) ON A RULE FOR WHICH A HEARING IS 32 REQUIRED BY LAW AND HAS BEEN SCHEDULED OR HELD; (B) ON A CONSENSUS RULE; 33 OR (C) ON A RULE DEFINED IN SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDI- 34 VISION TWO OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWO OF THIS CHAPTER. WHEN A PUBLIC 35 HEARING HAS BEEN REQUESTED FOR ANY RULE DESCRIBED IN A REGULATORY AGEN- 36 DA, THE AGENCY SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE A PUBLIC HEARING UNTIL 37 SUCH TIME AS THE RULE IS PROPOSED. 38 4. THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES SHALL ENGAGE IN THE REPORTING PROVIDED FOR 39 IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION AND HOLD HEARINGS AS PROVIDED FOR IN 40 SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND THREE OF THIS SECTION: THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION 41 BOARD AND THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, 42 HEALTH, INSURANCE, LABOR AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE. 43 S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- 44 ing the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall expire and 45 be deemed repealed on the thirty-first day of December of the second 46 calendar year following such effective date, and shall apply to all 47 rules for which a notice of proposed rule making or a description in a 48 regulatory agenda is published during such time period.