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.
BILL NUMBER: S4526 REVISED 05/03/10
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 : Creates a new Article 4-B of the Legislative Law.
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.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Revenue neutral. Funding for a Legislative Budget Office would be redirected from the Senate Finance Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee. The legislative fiscal committees would jointly financially support an LBO, which would assume their revenue estimating and program scoring responsibilities. Its estimated annual operating budget is $2 million.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4526 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 24, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. KRUEGER -- 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 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. 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 OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY FOR A TERM OF SEVEN YEARS. 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. S 77. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE; REPORT. 1. THE OFFICE SHALL: A. PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY WITH RESPECT TO THE STATE BUDGET, APPROPRIATION BILLS AND OTHER BILLS PROVIDING BUDGET AUTHORITY OR TAX EXPENDITURES;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00816-01-9 S. 4526 2
B. EXAMINE AND REVIEW ALL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF THE STATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF RENDERING REVENUE ESTIMATES USED IN DETERMINING WHETHER ANY PROPOSED STATE BUDGET IS BALANCED; C. BE CHARGED WITH THE DUTY OF RENDERING ANTICIPATED REVENUE FORECAST REPORTS TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF FACILI- TATING PASSAGE OF THE STATE BUDGET IN A TIMELY MANNER; AND D. PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN DETERMINING THE FISCAL IMPACT OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION. 2. 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. THE DIRECTOR MAY REQUEST AND SHALL RECEIVE FROM ALL PUBLIC OFFICERS, DEPARTMENTS, AGEN- CIES AND AUTHORITIES OF THE STATE AND ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, SUCH ASSISTANCE AND DATA AS SHALL BE NECESSARY TO PROJECT ANTICIPATED STATE REVENUES FOR BUDGETARY PURPOSES. 3. THE OFFICE SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY WHICH SHALL INCLUDE: A. DOCUMENTATION OF FISCAL POLICIES OF THE STATE, INCLUDING BUDGET AUTHORITY; B. WRITTEN ESTIMATES OF ANTICIPATED STATE REVENUES FOR BUDGETARY PURPOSES; C. PROJECTED ECONOMIC FACTORS AND FORECASTS; AND D. SUMMARIZATION OF THE BUDGET PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SEVEN OF THE CONSTITUTION. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE SUBMITTED ON THE FIRST OF MARCH EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT SUCCEEDING FISCAL YEAR. AFTER SUBMISSION TO THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, SUCH REPORT SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, UPON REQUEST. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.