Requires that committee and floor votes be made available online and that session and committee meetings be webcast.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to requiring that committee and floor votes be made available online and that session and committee meetings be webcast
PURPOSE: This legislation requires that committee and floor votes are made public online and that session and committee meeting are webcast.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Adds a new section to 54-c of the Legislative law which requires all committee and floor votes by the Senate and Assembly be listed online within 24 hours, or to the extent practicable, of the vote on each houses perspective website. This listing will include the bill number, date of vote, the summary of legislation from the legislative retrieval system, whether such vote was on the floor or in a committee and each member's vote listed as aye, nay, excused, absent, or abstain. It is requires that every committee meeting of the Legislature and every session shall be webcast through the official website of each respective house.
Section 2: This legislation will take effect on the 120th day after it shall have become law.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation seeks to allow access to the proceedings and voting records of committee and session activities conducted by both houses of the State Legislature.
Currently, many of the activities discussed in this legislation are shared through webcasts However, it is important all the actions of the State Legislature are provided in a location that is easily accessible to those represented by State Legislative Officials.
The availability of this information will allow the interested public to follow day to day activities of the State Legislature as well as their elected representatives actions in Albany.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 7487 - Referred to Investigations and Government Operations
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3046--A Cal. No. 156 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 29, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARCELLINO, AVELLA, GIPSON, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to requiring that committee and floor votes be made available online and that session and committee meetings be webcast THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 54-c to read as follows: S 54-C. COMMITTEE AND FLOOR VOTES AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO BE POSTED ONLINE. 1. ALL VOTES TAKEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY OR VOTES TAKEN IN ANY COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATURE SHALL BE LISTED ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE RESPECTIVE HOUSES WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS, OR TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, OF THE VOTE. SUCH LISTING SHALL INCLUDE THE BILL NUMBER, DATE OF VOTE, THE SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION FROM THE LEGISLATIVE RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, WHETHER SUCH VOTE WAS ON THE FLOOR OR IN A COMMITTEE AND EACH MEMBER'S VOTE LISTED AS AYE, NAY, EXCUSED, ABSENT OR ABSTAIN. 2. EVERY COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE LEGISLATURE AND EVERY SESSION SHALL BE WEBCAST THROUGH THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF EACH RESPECTIVE HOUSE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03224-02-3