Provides a mechanism for legislative leaders to make budget proposals public in the case where the legislature has failed to adopt a budget prior to the first day of the state's fiscal year.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to the submission of legislative budget bills
SUMMARY: This bill adds new section 28 to the state finance law to require, if either house of the Legislature has failed to adopt a budget by the first day of the fiscal year to which such budget applies, that the leaders of each house shall submit to the chairmen and ranking minority members of their respective fiscal committees, the minority leader of each house, the governor and the comptroller, a report either recommending passage of the Governor's budget bills or specifically detailing any proposed amendments, additions, reductions or deletions. Such report shall also identify any amendments to the state financial plan which would be required by the report's recommendations.
JUSTIFICATION: Fiscal year 1991-92 is the seventh consecutive fiscal year for which the Legislature has failed to pass a budget on time. While the state constitution requires the Governor to submit his detailed budget in a timely fashion, no requirement exists for the legislative leaders to submit their own proposals. Details of the budget formulation process, of the proposals and counter-proposals, have been shrouded in secret negotiations among the Temporary President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Governor. The result has been seven years of budget stalemates that have cost local governments, school districts and, of course, state taxpayers millions of dollars each year. This bill is designed to force the legislative leaders to make public their specific proposals in response to the Governor's budget. The effect will be more productive negotiations taking place within a context of informed debate, ultimately resulting in timely passage of the budget and greater accountability of our elected leaders.
FISCAL IMPLICATION: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1956 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. KRUGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to the submission of legislative budget bills THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 28 to read as follows: S 28. LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SUBMISSIONS. IF EITHER HOUSE OF THE LEGISLA- TURE SHALL FAIL TO ADOPT, BY THE FIRST DAY OF THE FISCAL YEAR, SUCH BUDGET BILLS WHICH, IF ADOPTED BY BOTH HOUSES, WOULD CONSTITUTE THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, THEN THE PRESIDING OFFICER OF SUCH HOUSE SHALL IMMEDIATELY SUBMIT A DETAILED REPORT TO THE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBERS OF THE FISCAL COMMITTEE OF SUCH HOUSE, THE MINORITY LEADER OF SUCH HOUSE, THE GOVERNOR AND THE COMPTROLLER, RECOM- MENDING PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET BILLS SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNOR OR PASSAGE OF SUCH BILLS WITH SPECIFIC AMENDMENTS BY ADDITIONS, REDUCTIONS OR DELETIONS. ANY SUCH PROPOSED AMENDMENTS SHALL IDENTIFY WITHIN EACH BUDGET BILL THE PAGE AND LINE NUMBER OF THE ITEMS CONTAINED THEREIN WHICH ARE BEING AMENDED. THE REPORT SHALL ALSO IDENTIFY ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE FINANCIAL PLAN SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNOR PURSUANT TO SECTION TWENTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE RECOMMENDA- TIONS CONTAINED IN SUCH REPORT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06783-01-1