Bill S5257-2013

Authorizes an agency in a city with a population of one million or more to send notices, bills and other communications by electronic means

Authorizes an agency in a city with a population of one million or more to send notices, bills and other communications by electronic means.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Jun 21, 2013: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 10, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 5, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 4, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.1082
  • May 15, 2013: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Energy and Telecommunications - Jun 4, 2013
Ayes (9): Maziarz, Carlucci, Fuschillo, O'Mara, Ritchie, Robach, Parker, Adams, Kennedy
Ayes W/R (2): Griffo, Dilan

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5257

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state technology law, in relation to sending notices, bills and other communications by electronic means in a city with a population of one million or more

PURPOSE:

To authorize any city with a population of one million or more to, with the recipient's prior authorization, to electronically send bills, notices and other communications to such recipient.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds a new Section 310 to Article 3 of the State Technology Law (the "Electronic Signatures and Records Act") to authorize an agency in a city with a population of one million or more to send notices, bills and other communications by electronic means to any person who has authorized it to do so. Any law that requires the mailing of a notice, bill or other communication will be deemed to include electronic transmittal to a person who has authorized such transmission. Electronic transmittal will have the same force and effect as any notice, bill or other communication sent by mail. In addition, with respect to a person who has authorized an agency to send notices, bills or other communications by electronic means, any references in any law to the recipient's "last known address" shall be deemed to refer to his or her last known electronic mailing address.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:

Currently, cities with a population of one million or more are not authorized to send bills, notices or other communications to any person who has authorized the city to deliver such bills, notices and other communications electronically.

JUSTIFICATION:

Authorizing New York City to transmit communications electronically to those who choose to receive them by this means would bring government communications into alignment with what is now common practice in commerce. Pursuant to this bill, electronic transmittal of notices, bills, and communications would only be made to those people who authorize such electronic communications. By authorizing the transmittal of notices, bills and communications electronically in lieu of traditional mail, this bill would permit the City to significantly reduce its expenditures on mail.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: S.4779 - 3rd Reading 2011: S.4779 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

New York City would realize sayings due to a reduction in the mailing of bills, notices and other communications.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5257 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 15, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT to amend the state technology law, in relation to sending notices, bills and other communications by electronic means in a city with a population of one million or more THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state technology law is amended by adding a new section 310 to read as follows: S 310. ELECTRONIC NOTICING. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, ANY AGENCY OF A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE MAY SEND ANY NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION BY ELECTRONIC MEANS IF THE PERSON TO WHOM THE NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION IS TO BE SENT HAS AUTHOR- IZED THE AGENCY TO SEND SUCH NOTICES, BILLS AND/OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS. 2. IN ANY LAW, RULE OR REGULATION THAT REQUIRES OR AUTHORIZES A NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO BE MAILED, THE REFERENCE TO MAIL SHALL BE DEEMED TO INCLUDE ELECTRONIC TRANSMITTAL OF SUCH NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO ANY PERSON WHO HAS AUTHORIZED THE AGENCY TO SEND NOTICES, BILLS AND/OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, AND ANY NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION SENT BY ELECTRONIC MEANS TO SUCH A PERSON SHALL HAVE THE SAME FORCE AND EFFECT AS ANY NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION SENT BY MAIL. 3. IN ANY LAW, RULE OR REGULATION THAT REQUIRES OR AUTHORIZES A NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO BE SENT, A REFERENCE TO THE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS SHALL BE DEEMED TO REFER TO THE LAST KNOWN ELECTRONIC MAILING ADDRESS OF ANY PERSON WHO HAS AUTHORIZED THE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR SENDING THE NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO SEND NOTICES,
BILLS AND/OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 4. ANY LAW, RULE OR REGULATION THAT, AS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, AUTHORIZES AN AGENCY TO SEND BILLS, NOTICES OR OTHER COMMUNI- CATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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