Requires legislative approval of any contract between a corporation and New York state that would require the relocation of 75 or more employees across county lines.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general obligations law and the state finance law, in relation to imposing certain contractual obligations upon the state
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to bring a needed structure to the process of determining whether a relocation across county lines, of 75 or more state employees, is justifiable.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. The general obligations law is amended by adding a new section 5-337 to require approval of the State Comptroller and the State Legislature by concurrent resolution, of any contract which involves the relocation across county lines of seventy-five or more employees who are performing a public function. Section 2. Subdivision 2 of section 112 of the state finance law is amended by adding a new paragraph c.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would require the approval of the Comptroller and Legislature of any decision involving the relocation across county lines, of 75 or more employees. Currently, there is no formal approval process for such contracts. The relocation is determined by a few state officials and may not always be in the best interest of the public employees or the state. Requiring approval of both the Comptroller and Legislature will bring a needed structure to the process. Involving additional government scrutiny in the approval process will ensure there is a justification for each move.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009/10: A.1036-A/S.399-A 2007/08: A.1537-A/S.817-A 2005/06: A.1436/S.710 2003/04: A.2735/S.1241 2001/02: A.4663/S.2478 1999/00: A.3129-A/S.1816-A 1997/98: A.9353/S.6235
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after January 1, 2011.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1165 A. 900 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 5, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. McENENY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the general obligations law and the state finance law, in relation to imposing certain contractual obligations upon the state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general obligations law is amended by adding a new section 5-337 to read as follows: S 5-337. APPROVAL OF CONTRACTS BY THE COMPTROLLER AND THE LEGISLATURE REQUIRED. EVERY UNDERTAKING OR PROMISE, WHETHER WRITTEN OR ORAL, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, CONSTITUTING OR CONTAINED, IN ANY CONTRACT OR AGREEMENT BETWEEN ANY PERSON, FIRM, COMPANY, ASSOCIATION OR CORPORATION, WHICH INVOLVES THE RELOCATION ACROSS COUNTY LINES OF SEVENTY-FIVE OR MORE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES OR A COMBINATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE PERFORMING A PUBLIC FUNCTION SHALL BE NULL AND VOID UNLESS SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY (A) THE COMPTROLLER AND (B) THE STATE LEGISLA- TURE BY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED, IN THAT ORDER. S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 112 of the state finance law is amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows: (C) BEFORE ANY CONTRACT MADE FOR, OR BY ANY STATE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT, BOARD, OFFICER, COMMISSION OR INSTITUTION SHALL BE EXECUTED OR BECOME EFFECTIVE, WHENEVER SUCH CONTRACT INVOLVES THE RELOCATION OF SEVENTY-FIVE OR MORE STATE EMPLOYEES, OR SEVENTY-FIVE OR MORE PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES PERFORMING A PUBLIC FUNCTION OR ANY COMBINATION OF SEVENTY-FIVE OR MORE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EMPLOYEES PERFORMING A PUBLIC FUNCTION, IT SHALL FIRST BE APPROVED BY THE COMPTROLLER AND THEN THE STATE LEGISLATURE BY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DULY ADOPTED AND FILED IN THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00751-01-1 S. 1165 2 A. 900
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE COMPTROLLER SHALL MAKE A FINAL WRITTEN DETERMINATION WITH RESPECT TO APPROVAL OF SUCH CONTRACT WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE SUBMISSION OF SUCH CONTRACT TO HIS OR HER OFFICE, UNLESS THE COMPTROLLER CAN JUSTIFY, IN WRITING TO THE ENTITY THAT SUBMITTED THE CONTRACT, GOOD CAUSE FOR AN EXTENSION NOT TO EXCEED FIFTEEN DAYS, OR REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME AGREED TO BY THE ENTI- TY THAT SUBMITTED THE CONTRACT, FURTHER, THAT SUCH WRITTEN DETERMINATION OR EXTENSION SHALL BE MADE PART OF THE PROCUREMENT RECORD PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH F OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE OF THIS CHAPTER. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after January 1, 2011.