Entitles members to bring one substantive piece of legislation to the floor for a vote without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year term.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to entitling each member of the legislature to bring one substantive piece of legislation of his or her choosing to the floor for a vote without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year term
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow each member of the Legislature, during each two-year term, to bring one substantive piece of legislation, of his or her choosing, to the floor for a vote.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 shall be known and cited as the "sensible opportunity for legislative equality (SOLE) act"
Section 2 allows each member of the Legislature, during each two-year term, to choose to have one bill discharged from committee and brought to the floor for a vote by filing a written notice with the clerk of that member's respective House. This excludes any bill accompanied by a home rule message.
Section 3 contains the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would require that during each two-year Legislative Term, each member would be entitled to have at least one substantive piece of legislation of his or her choosing discharged from a committee and brought to the floor for a vote. All home rule legislation would be excluded.
While this legislation seeks to bypass all other rules regal ding the processing of a bill horn committee to the floor, it represents real reform that will benefit all the people of this State. A change such as this has been advocated by Legislators, the media and good government groups for years. Each year, many pieces of good legislation remain in committee without any consideration. Many of these bills contain good ideas that could pass into law if they only received a chance.
If every member of the Legislature delivers just one bill to the floor and has an opportunity to convince his or her colleagues of the merits of his or her legislation, then democracy would be truly served.
This legislation will let every Legislator's voice be heard. If enacted, this would allow the citizens of every district in this State to hear their representative presenting a piece of legislation that is important them.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 Session - new legislation - referred to Investigations and Government Operations Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2519 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to entitling each member of the legislature to bring one substantive piece of legis- lation of his or her choosing to the floor for a vote without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year term THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "sensible opportunity for legislative equality (SOLE) act". S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 33-a to read as follows: S 33-A. ENTITLEMENT TO ONE SUBSTANTIVE BILL DURING EACH TWO-YEAR TERM. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION TO THE CONTRARY, DURING EACH TWO-YEAR TERM OF THE LEGISLATURE, EACH MEMBER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE SUBSTANTIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, OF HIS OR HER CHOOSING, EXCLUSIVE OF ANY BILL ACCOMPANIED BY A HOME RULE MESSAGE, DISCHARGED FROM COMMITTEE AND BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. A MEMBER MAY BRING SUCH BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE BY FILING A WRITTEN NOTICE WITH THE CLERK OF SENATE DESK OPERATIONS OR THE INDEX CLERK OF THE ASSEMBLY ON A FORM PROVIDED BY SUCH CLERK. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01224-01-3