Bill S2306-2013

Requires that annual reports be distributed in electronic format only, unless otherwise requested by a member

Requires that annual department reports be distributed in electronic format only, unless otherwise requested by a member.



  • May 28, 2014: referred to governmental operations
  • May 28, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • May 14, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 13, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.719
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 3, 2013: referred to governmental operations
  • Jun 3, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • May 7, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 6, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.553
  • Jan 15, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE





BILL NUMBER:S2306                REVISED 5/8/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the distribution of annual reports

PURPOSE: Requires that annual reports be distributed in electronic format only, unless otherwise requested by a State Legislator.


Section One - amends Section 164 of the Executive Law with regard to distribution of annual reports of state departments. The bill provides that annual reports of state departments will be made available to state legislators and their staff in electronic format to the extent practicable. In the event that a legislator wishes to obtain a printed copy of the report, state agencies are to forward such reports to legislators upon specific request for the printed format.

JUSTIFICATION: Each year all state legislators and their offices receive annual reports from all state departments and agencies. Many times, these reports are quite voluminous and the costs to print and distribute the copies for each legislator may be unwarranted. With current technology, all state agency reports should be made available to legislators in electronic format. This bill will assure that any annual reports of state agencies are printed and distributed only to such offices as specifically requested a printed copy of the report. This bill will reduce state printing costs, save state funds, and reduce recycling costs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 06/03/13 - Referred to Governmental Operations/ 01/09/13 - Referred to Governmental Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: There will be cost savings to the State as a result of this bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2306 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the distribution of annual reports THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 164 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 833 of the laws of 1965, is amended to read as follows: S 164. Reports by and to the department. Each department, other than the executive department, shall make an annual report to the governor and legislature on or before the fifteenth day of May, for the preceding calendar year. It shall contain such information concerning the depart- ment and its several divisions, bureaus, offices, agencies and insti- tutions, and their activities and affairs, and such recommendations, as the head of the department shall deem necessary or proper, and any matters required by express provision of law to be included in such report. A department also shall make such other and special reports as the governor or either house of the legislature may require. From time to time, the head of a department may require from any board, commission or other body in the department or from any subordinate officer or employee, division or bureau of the department, or from any institution subject to the supervision of the department, or from any agency of the department, such reports or information as such head may deem necessary. Unless expressly authorized by the head of the department, there shall be hereafter no separate report, annual or otherwise, directly to the legislature or governor by any such board, commission, body, officer, division, bureau, institution or agency notwithstanding any existing provision of law authorizing or requiring such report. EACH DEPARTMENT, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, SHALL MAKE SUCH ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. SUCH REPORTS SHALL BE FORWARDED TO MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE IN PRINTED FORM ONLY UPON SPECIFIC REQUEST OF A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE FOR SUCH PRINTED REPORT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


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