Bill S4141-2011

Enacts the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act"

Enacts the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act".

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Mar 21, 2011: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S4141

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law and the executive law, in relation to enacting the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act"

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: Establishes the title of the bill as the "Legislative Online Digital Paperwork Reduction Act."

Section 2: States the creation of a new section, Section 44-b to Legislative Law.

Section 44-b: Establishes that all documents produced by the Legislature and Members of the Legislature be done electronically and made available for printing on the websites of the State Assembly and State Senate. This includes reports, digests and records produced by the Legislature.

Section 3: States the creation of a new section, Section 170-c to Executive Law.

Section 170-c: Establishes that all State Agencies shall make their annual reports available on their websites for printing. State Agency is defined as any department, board, bureau, commission, division, office, council, committee or office of the state in addition to public benefit corporations and public authorities.

Section 4: States law shall take effect on the nineteenth day after it is signed into law.

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 bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act will take effecton the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 4141 A. 6470 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y March 21, 2011 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. BALL, LIBOUS, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. TEDISCO, MALLIOTAKIS, BOYLE, THIELE, AMEDORE, McLAUGHLIN, JORDAN, P. LOPEZ -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the legislative law and the executive law, in relation to enacting the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act" 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 "legisla- tive online digital paperwork reduction act". S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 44-b to read as follows: S 44-B. PRINTING OF DOCUMENTS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY SHALL MAKE ALL LEGISLATIVE REPORTS, DIGESTS AND RECORDS AVAILABLE ON THEIR RESPECTIVE WEBSITES IN A MANNER THAT ALLOWS SUCH REPORTS, DIGESTS AND RECORDS TO BE PRINTED. S 3. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 170-c to read as follows: S 170-C. AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS. EVERY STATE AGENCY IN THE STATE SHALL MAKE ITS ANNUAL REPORTS AND ALL OTHER PUBLIC DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE IN A DIGITAL FORMAT ON ITS WEBSITE IN A MANNER THAT ALLOWS SUCH REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS TO BE PRINTED. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERM "STATE AGENCY" SHALL MEAN ANY DEPARTMENT, BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION, DIVISION, OFFICE, COUNCIL, COMMITTEE OR OFFICE OF THE STATE, A PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION OR PUBLIC AUTHORITY. S 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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