Provides for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"
TITLE OF BILL: An act to provide for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OF BILL: To allow individual counties to place an initiative on their ballot to poll their citizens as to whether they support the division of New York into two separate states.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would permit the county board of elections of each county in New York State, at the request of the county legislature or other similar governing body, to place a non-binding initiative on their county ballot, before December 31, 2014; as to whether the citizens of the county would support the division of New York into two separate states.
EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: This bill creates a new unconsolidated law which would be automatically repealed and expire on January 1, 2015.
JUSTIFICATION: Presently, there is a large degree of apparent support for dividing New York into two separate states, so as to separate the distinct social and political concerns between upstate and downstate New York. This bill would help to measure this apparent support by permitting county boards of elections to place an initiative on their ballot to poll the citizens of their county on this issue.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10--A8213 Referred to local governments 200708-A.6444, Referred to local governments 2005-06-A.4795, Held for consideration in Local Governments 2003-04-A.1980/S.1044, Referred to local governments 2001-02-A.3376/S.2012, Referred to Elections Committee 1999-00-A.4133/S.2332, Senate Elections Committee 1997-95-A.3597/S.2229, Senate Elections Committee 1995-96-A.2501/S.1717, Senate Elections Committee 1993-94-A.3528/S.2040, Senate Rules Committee 1991-92-A.10836/S.8749, Senate Rules Committee 1/14/12 A1964 Referred to Elections
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal undetermined cost to counties to place an initiative on the ballot.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4051 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 6, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to provide for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. At the request of the county legislature or other similar governing body of any county, there shall be submitted by the board of elections of such county to the voters of such county at a general election held on or before December 31, 2014 the following question: "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?" S 2. Such question shall be submitted in the manner provided in the election law, and the provisions of such law, not inconsistent with this act, relating to the submission of and to the taking, counting and returning of the vote and canvassing the results upon a question submit- ted pursuant to law to the voters of the state shall apply to the ques- tion herein required to be submitted. The ballots shall be in such form as prescribed by such law. When a board of elections shall have completed its canvass of the results of the vote upon such question, it shall forthwith certify the results of the vote upon such question to the secretary of the senate and clerk of the assembly. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire January 1, 2015 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00142-01-3