Bill S171-2013

Relates to computer programs utilized by the state board of elections

Relates to requiring the state board of elections to utilize computer programs for certain online filings which are compatible with widely used programs.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S171

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to requiring widely compatible software electronic filing of campaign receipts and expenditures

PURPOSE: This bill would require that the state Board of Elections modify its computer software to allow for the importation of data from any commonly used database programs.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 9-A of §3-102 of the Election Law to require that the state Board of Elections modify its computer software to allow for the importation of data from any commonly used database programs.

JUSTIFICATION: The Board of Elections' current software is antiquated in terms of the capabilities of the products and programs that are available today. The inability of their current program to let filers whether candidates or treasurers - conveniently import data into the BOE's forms from any of the commonly used database programs is a particularly serious yet easily correctable problem.

Candidates and/or the treasurers of their campaigns keep track of reams of information on these programs. The formats of these programs allow candidates and/or their treasurers to easily input the names, addresses and other relevant information on contributions and expenses, and then access it for thank you letters and other contacts, as well as for keeping track of a campaign's finances. As things stand today, however, in preparing the periodic filing statements required by the BOE, all this information has to be reentered by hand onto BOE forms. This is a tedious waste of time, and could be avoided if the program had an up-to-date data import function.

The resistance to requirements to file reports with state government is directly related to the degree to which filing software is up to date and user friendly. This change will move the BOE software in that direction and have a positive effect on both the ease and the willingness to file the information needed to properly monitor the elections process.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Referred to Elections 2011: Referred to Elections 2009-10: S.4547 (Squadron) - Elections, A.990 (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2008: A.7490 (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2007: A.7490 (Kavanagh) - Election Law 2006: A.7487 (Grannis) - Passed Assembly 2005: A.7487 (Grannis) - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 171 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to requiring widely compatible software electronic filing of campaign receipts and expend- itures THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 9-A of section 3-102 of the election law, as amended by chapter 406 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: (a) develop an electronic reporting system to process the statements of campaign receipts, contributions, transfers and expenditures required to be filed with any board of elections pursuant to the provisions of sections 14-102 and 14-104 of this chapter WHICH IS COMPATIBLE WITH WIDELY USED COMPUTER PROGRAMS WHICH PROCESS AND STORE INFORMATION SIMI- LAR TO THAT WHICH IS REQUIRED BY SUCH SECTIONS; S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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