Requires that annual department reports be distributed in electronic format only, unless otherwise requested by a member.
Ayes (29): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Parker, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (3): Griffo, LaValle, Peralta
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (3): Larkin, Young, Montgomery
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Montgomery
BILL NUMBER:S2306 REVISED 1/25/13
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the distribution of annual reports
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to reduce the number of bills, reports, digests, records and various documents printed by the New York State Legislature and establish a process to make these documents available electronically through the websites of the New York State Senate, Assembly and State Agencies.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Section 164 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 833 of the laws of 1965, is amended to state, "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."
JUSTIFICATION: Each year, thousands of bills are introduced and every single measure gets printed multiple times. It has been estimated that this Could save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Eliminating automatic bill printing would save money and save resources. Instead of having all legislation and reports printed on paper, making them available on a digital format where lawmakers can view it on their laptops and mobile devices would deliver significant savings. If necessary, Members of the Legislature, State Agencies and the public could print a copy from their own computer.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation (by a vote of 399-0) to stop the mandatory printing of congressional bills. Several state legislatures have gone paperless or are experimenting with going digital. They include California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It's estimated that Ohio has saved $1.5 million since going digital.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03195-01-3