Bill S3450-2013

Creates the non-partisan legislative budget office

Creates the non-partisan legislative budget office; directs such office shall provide information to legislative committees of the senate and assembly with respect to the state budget, appropriation bills and other bills providing budget authority or tax expenditures; requires such office to report to the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Feb 1, 2013: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S3450

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to creation of the non-partisan legislative budget office

PURPOSE: Creates a nonpartisan budget office to provide budget related information to the committees of the senate and assembly.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 creates a new Article 4-B of the Legislative Law and amends Section 30 of the Legislative Law.

Section 76. Non-partisan Legislative Budget Office.

1. Definitions.

2. Appointment of the Director of the Legislative Budget Office. The Director shall be appointed to a seven-year term by a joint resolution requiring a super-majority vote of both the senate and assembly.

3. Appointment of a Deputy Director, who can temporarily succeed the Director when the Director resigns or is removed before his or her term expires.

4. Director prohibitions and compensation.

5. Removal of the Director through a two-thirds vote from the members elected to either branch of the legislature. Section 77. Powers and duties of the office; report.

1. Types of fiscal analytical information the Director shall provide to the Legislature.

2. Assistance the Legislative Budget Office shall provide to committees of th Senate and Assembly.

3. Hiring authority of the Director.

4. Legislative Budget Office report on the Executive Budget.

5. Funding sources the Legislative Budget Office and spending authority of its Director.

Section 2. amends Section 30 of the Legislative Law. Legislative budget office access to all state entities Authority of the Legislative Budget Office to gain access to all state entities for the purpose of obtaining information on state operations and financial conditions.

EXISTING LAW: None.

JUSTIFICATION: A nonpartisan legislative budget office (LBO) should be created in order to provide objective analysis of the state's budget and fiscal situation. Modeled on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the mission of the LBO will be to provide budget, economic and policy analysis for the residents of the state and its elected officials. Their role at the LBO will be to increase the legislature's understanding of the budget and how it affects New Yorkers.

Currently, the majority and minority parties of each house of the Legislature as well as the governor have a fiscal and budget staff to provide them insight into the financial matters of the state. These partisan offices provide information solely to their respective membership. This costly and duplicative process entrenches the parties and reinforces their positions. Rather than using unbiased figures, each house uses its numbers to the advantage of their priorities and at the expense of their adversaries. The result has been a protracted budget debate where positions are staked and compromise is limited. A single nonpartisan budget office will ameliorate the situation and provide all the members with raw data which they can utilize in shaping a policy debate among their colleagues.

The effectiveness of the LBO rests squarely on its ability to serve all members of the Legislature, regardless of the house in which they serve or the side of the isle on which they sit. To achieve this end, under this legislation, majority and minority members would be granted equal access to the services of the LBO and reports it prepares. At the committee level, the LBO would have to respond to requests for information from the chairs and ranking members of Senate and Assembly committees. At the member level, the LBO would have to provide assistance in preparing fiscal notes for bills at the request of any legislator based on a priority processing system developed by the director in consolation with the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

Further, to help build trust between the LBO and the Senate and Assembly, the new office's Director would be selected regardless of his or her political affiliation by the majority leaders of the Senate and Assembly, in consultation with the minority leaders of the Senate and Assembly. The Director shall then be appointed by a joint resolution requiring a super majority vote of both the Senate and. Assembly.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.4526A/A.653-A 2011-2012: S.445/A.5927

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Revenue neutral. The legislative budget office shall be funded from the Legislative Budget, with equal allocations provided by the senate and the assembly as they deem appropriate.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3450 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SERRANO, STAVISKY, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to creation of the non-partisan legislative budget office 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 article 4-B to read as follows: ARTICLE 4-B NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE SECTION 76. NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE. 77. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE; REPORT. S 76. NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE: A. "OFFICE" MEANS THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE ESTAB- LISHED IN THIS ARTICLE; AND B. "DIRECTOR" MEANS THE DIRECTOR OF THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDG- ET OFFICE. C. "SUPER-MAJORITY VOTE" MEANS A VOTE REQUIRING TWO-THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS ELECTED TO EACH BRANCH OF THE LEGISLATURE. 2. THERE IS HEREBY CREATED A NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE. THE HEAD OF SUCH OFFICE SHALL BE THE DIRECTOR WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY A JOINT RESOLUTION REQUIRING A SUPER-MAJORITY VOTE OF BOTH OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY FOR A TERM OF SEVEN YEARS. THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER AND ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER SHALL REACH A CONSENSUS ON A CANDIDATE FOR THE DIRECTOR POSITION ON WHICH THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY SHALL VOTE. THE DIRECTOR OF THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE SHALL BE APPOINTED WITHOUT REGARD TO POLITICAL AFFILIATION AND SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF FITNESS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES ASSIGNED BY THIS ARTICLE.
3. A DEPUTY DIRECTOR SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR. ANY INDIVID- UAL APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR TO FILL A VACANCY PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF A TERM SHALL SERVE ONLY FOR THE UNEXPIRED PORTION OF THAT TERM. ANY INDI- VIDUAL SERVING AS DIRECTOR AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM MAY CONTINUE TO SERVE UNTIL HIS OR HER SUCCESSOR IS APPOINTED. ANY DEPUTY DIRECTOR SHALL SERVE UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR WHO APPOINTED HIM OR HER, AND UNTIL HIS OR HER SUCCESSOR IS APPOINTED, UNLESS SOONER REMOVED BY THE DIRECTOR. 4. THE DIRECTOR SHALL HOLD NO OTHER PUBLIC OFFICE WHILE SERVING AS THE DIRECTOR. THE DIRECTOR SHALL RECEIVE SUCH COMPENSATION AS MAY BE FIXED BY THE LEGISLATURE. 5. THE DIRECTOR MAY BE REMOVED BY EITHER THE ASSEMBLY OR THE SENATE BY RESOLUTION REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF THE MEMBERS ELECTED TO EITHER BRANCH OF THE LEGISLATURE. S 77. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE; REPORT. 1. A. THE OFFICE SHALL: (I) PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY WITH RESPECT TO THE STATE BUDGET, APPROPRIATION AND PROGRAMMATIC BILLS AND OTHER BILLS PROVIDING BUDGET AUTHORITY OR TAX EXPENDITURES; (II) EXAMINE AND REVIEW ALL FINANCIAL AND PROGRAMMATIC INFORMATION OF THE STATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF RENDERING REVENUE ESTIMATES USED IN DETER- MINING WHETHER ANY PROPOSED STATE BUDGET IS BALANCED; (III) BE CHARGED WITH THE DUTY OF RENDERING ANTICIPATED REVENUE FORE- CAST REPORTS TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF FACILITATING PASSAGE OF THE STATE BUDGET IN A TIMELY MANNER; AND (IV) PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN DETERMINING THE FISCAL IMPACT OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION AT THE REQUEST OF A MEMBER OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY. B. THE DIRECTOR SHALL DEVELOP, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHAIRS AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, A PRIORITY SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS FROM LEGISLATORS FOR FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR THEIR LEGIS- LATION. C. THE DIRECTOR SHALL PROVIDE ALL MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIORITY SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS FROM LEGISLATORS FOR FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR THEIR LEGISLATION. 2. AT THE REQUEST OF ANY COMMITTEE CHAIR OR RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE TO SUCH COMMITTEE ANY INFORMATION WHICH WILL ASSIST IN THE DISCHARGE OF MATTERS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF SUCH COMMITTEE. 3. THE DIRECTOR MAY APPOINT BUDGET ANALYSTS, ASSISTANTS AND SUCH OTHER EMPLOYEES AS HE OR SHE MAY DEEM NECESSARY OR DESIRABLE, PRESCRIBE SUCH EMPLOYEE'S DUTIES AND FIX SUCH EMPLOYEE'S COMPENSATION WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED AND MADE AVAILABLE THEREFOR. 4. A. THE OFFICE SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATE MINORITY LEADER, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE: (I) WRITTEN ESTIMATES OF ANTICIPATED STATE REVENUES FOR BUDGETARY PURPOSES; (II) PROJECTED ECONOMIC FACTORS AND FORECASTS; (III) SUMMARIZATION OF THE BUDGET PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SEVEN OF THE CONSTITUTION; AND (IV) REVENUE SOURCES THAT COULD BE USED AS ALTERNATIVES TO REVENUE SOURCES OUTLINED IN THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET. B. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE SUBMITTED ON THE FIRST OF MARCH EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT SUCCEEDING FISCAL YEAR. AFTER SUBMISSION TO THE TEMPORARY PRES- IDENT OF THE SENATE, SENATE MINORITY LEADER, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY
AND ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER, SUCH REPORT SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, UPON REQUEST. 5. A. THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE SHALL BE FUNDED FROM LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS PROVIDED ANNUALLY, WITH EQUAL ALLOCATIONS PROVIDED BY THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY AS EACH HOUSE DEEMS APPROPRIATE. B. THE DIRECTOR MAY PROCURE, WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED AND MADE AVAILABLE THEREFOR, UP-TO-DATE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, OBTAIN THE SERVICES OF EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS IN COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY. S 2. Section 30 of the legislative law, as amended by chapter 766 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: S 30. Duties of finance and ways and means committees and secretaries AND OF THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE AND ITS DIRECTOR. The committees and their secretaries AND OF THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE AND ITS DIRECTOR shall have access at all reasonable times to offices of state departments, commissions, boards, bureaus and offices, to institutions and to all state authorities and public works of the state and they may, for the purpose of obtaining information as to the method of operation, general condition, management and needs thereof, examine the books, papers and public records therein. Notwithstanding any other provision of law such state departments, commissions, boards, bureaus, offices, state authorities and institutions shall through their proper officers or deputies furnish to such committees AND THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE such data, information or statements as may be necessary for the proper exercise of their powers and duties and for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this article. The finance and ways and means committee in exercising the powers and performing the duties prescribed by this article may act jointly, or separately, as they deem advisable. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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