Bill S5007-2011

Relates to bills being available to the public in printed or electronic printable format before voting or passage

Relates to bills being available to the public in printed or electronic printable format before voting or passage.

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  • May 15, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2012: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jun 22, 2011: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • May 9, 2011: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • May 2, 2011: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S5007

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 14 of article 3 of the constitution, in relation to bills being available to the public in printed or electronic printable format before voting or passage

PURPOSE: Provides for the bill aging process to commence once the bill is available to the public in printed or electronic printable form. Does not required that bills must be printed to begin the aging process.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 14, article 3 of the Constitution by eliminating the "printed and upon the desks of the members" language, adding in its place the language "available to the public in printed or electronic printable form."

JUSTIFICATION: Each year, the New York State Senate and Assembly spend hundreds of thousands of dollars printing bills, memos and amendments. All of which are immediately available online through both houses internet websites once the legislation is introduced.

Amending this language in the Constitution eliminates the need for each introduced bill to be printed and placed upon each members desk for three days prior to a legislative vote and thereby reducing an unnecessary waste of paper products.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Resolved (if the Assembly concur), that the foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section I of article 19 of the constitution, be published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5007 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 14 of article 3 of the constitution, in relation to bills being available to the public in printed or elec- tronic printable format before voting or passage Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 14 of arti- cle 3 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 14. No bill shall be passed or become a law unless it shall have been [printed and upon the desks of the members] AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN PRINTED OR ELECTRONIC PRINTABLE FORMAT, in its final form, at least three calendar legislative days prior to its final passage, unless the governor, or the acting governor, shall have certified, under his or her hand and the seal of the state, the facts which in his or her opinion necessitate an immediate vote thereon, in which case it must neverthe- less be upon the desks of the members in final form, not necessarily printed, before its final passage; nor shall any bill be passed or become a law, except by the assent of a majority of the members elected to each branch of the legislature; and upon the last reading of a bill, no amendment thereof shall be allowed, and the question upon its final passage shall be taken immediately thereafter, and the ayes and nays entered on the journal. S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for 3 months previous to the time of such election. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89130-01-1

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