Bill S1964-2013

Establishes the commission on public authority reform to study and investigate reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries

Establishes a temporary state commission to be known as the commission on public authority reform to study and investigate reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries in New York state; requires reporting; appropriates $100,000 therefor.

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

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BILL NUMBER:S1964

TITLE OF BILL: An act establishing a temporary state commission to study and investigate reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries in the state of New York; making an appropriation therefor; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To establish a commission to study reducing the number of public authorities in the state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one establishes the commission on public authority reform.

Section two lays out the make up of commission members.

Section three outlines the specific duties of the commission.

Section four describes the powers of the commission.

Section five sets forth that the commission shall file a report of its findings relative to the elimination, dissolution consolidation or merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries with the Governor, and Senate and Assembly Leaders; and shall issue a binding recommendation which shall be presented to the legislature to completely accept or reject.

Section six makes an appropriation of $100,000 for the expenses of the commission.

Section seven is the effective date which is immediate provided that this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on the first day next succeeding the date of the submission of the report as required in section 5.

JUSTIFICATION: The May 17, 2006 Report of the New York State Commission on Public Authority Reform contained numerous suggestions to improve the governance, operations and disclosure of public authorities, to build upon and improve the Public Authorities Accountability Act signed by the Governor in January of 2006. Many of these suggestions are set forth in current bills in both the Assembly and the Senate. The Commission also had been charged with identifying appropriate opportunities for the elimination, dissolution, consolidation or merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries. The Commission recommended further in-depth investigation before implementation of any significant changes.

To that end, this bill is necessary and will create a temporary commission with the sole charge of investigating opportunities for the elimination, dissolution, consolidation or merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries. Under this legislation, the commission will be charged with presenting its recommendations to the Governor, Senate and Assembly by December 31, 2014. The temporary commission will also have a target goal of reducing the number of public authorities by 50%, and reducing the number of subsidiaries by 75%.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S. 3643 - Finance Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Approximately $100,000.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate, with provisions.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1964 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT establishing a temporary state commission to study and investi- gate reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries in the state of New York; making an appropriation therefor; 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: Section 1. A temporary state commission, to be known as the commission on public authority reform, hereafter referred to as the commission, is hereby created to investigate, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the scope and effectiveness involving the elimination, dissolution, consolidation or merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries in the state of New York. S 2. (a) The commission shall consist of thirteen members, to be appointed as follows: three members to be appointed by the governor; three members to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly; one member shall be appointed by the comptroller, and one member shall be appointed by the attorney general. The appointees shall have demonstrated expertise in the development and financing of public authorities. The governor shall designate the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the commission. Vacancies in the membership of the commission and among its officers shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments or designations. (b) The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties under this act. The commis-
sion may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions and fix their compen- sation within the amounts made available by appropriation therefor. (c) The New York state public authorities control board shall provide the commission such facilities, assistance, and data as will enable the commission to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other departments or agencies of the state or subdivisions thereof shall, at the request of the chairperson, provide the commission such facilities, assistance, and data as will enable the commission to carry out its powers and duties. S 3. Specifically the commission shall investigate at least the following: (a) the opportunities for the elimination, dissolution, consolidation or merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries in the state of New York; and (b) reducing the number of all existing public authorities in the state of New York by fifty percent and reducing the number of all exist- ing subsidiaries in the state of New York by seventy-five percent. S 4. (a) For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission may meet and hold public and/or private hearings within or without the state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant to the legislative law. The commission is authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or analyses it may deem rele- vant through its own personnel or in cooperation with or by agreement with any other public or private agency. (b) To the maximum extent feasible, the commission may request and shall be entitled to receive and shall utilize and be provided with such facilities, resources and data from any court in the state and from any subdivision, department, board, bureau, commission, office, agency or other instrumentality of the state or of any political subdivision ther- eof as it deems necessary or desirable for the proper execution of its powers and duties and to effectuate the purposes set forth in this act. (c) The commission is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into any agreements and to do and perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable or proper to carry out the purposes and objectives of this act. S 5. The commission shall make recommendations and a report of its findings. The commission shall submit such recommendations and report developed by it relating to issues involving the elimination, dissol- ution, consolidation or merger of public authorities and their subsid- iaries in the state of New York, including any recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and appropriate, to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than the thirty-first day of December in the year next succeeding the year in which this act shall have become a law. The commission shall issue a binding recommendation which shall be presented to the legislature to completely accept or reject such recommendation. S 6. The sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to pay the expenses incurred, including personal service, in carrying out the provisions of this act. Such moneys shall be payable out of the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account after audit by and on the warrant of the comptroller upon vouchers certified or approved by the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the commission as prescribed by law.
S 7. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on the first day next succeeding the date of the submission of the report as required in section five of this act; and provided further, however, that the chairperson of the temporary commission on public authority reform shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the submission of its report as provided for in section five of this act in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effecting the provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law.

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