Bill S5459-2013

Concurrent resolution to amend the constitution to increase the length of the term of office and imposing term limits for members of the legislature

Increases the length of the term of office of members of the legislature to four years and imposes term limits for members of the legislature.

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  • Feb 11, 2014: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jan 13, 2014: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jun 18, 2013: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jun 4, 2013: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S5459

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 3 of the constitution, in relation to increasing the length of the term of office and imposing term limits for members of the legislature

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This legislation would increase the length of term of office for members of the legislature from two years to four years and would limit members of the legislature from serving more than three consecutive four year terms.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 2 Article 3 of the constitution is amended to increase the length of term of office for members of the legislature from two years to four years and would limit members of the legislature from serving more than three consecutive four year terms.

Section 2 states that the foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative session after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly and be published three months previous to the time of such election.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation would increase the length of the term of office for state legislators in both the Senate and Assembly from four years to two years. Such a term increase would allow legislators to focus more intently on serving the needs of constituents rather than the upcoming election cycle. The second section of this legislation would limit the terms of members of the legislators to three consecutive four year terms (to twelve years total). A limit such as this one would benefit the legislature by preventing members from becoming "career politicians" - members who serve in the legislature endlessly and who may become out of touch with their constituents by promoting policies beneficial to their tenure in office rather than constituent and district needs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

RESOLVED (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendments 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 three months previous to the time of such election.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5459 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BOYLE -- 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 2 of article 3 of the constitution, in relation to increasing the length of the term of office and imposing term limits for members of the legislature Section 1. RESOLVED (if the Assembly concur), That section 2 of arti- cle 3 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 2. The senate shall consist of fifty members, except as hereinafter provided. The senators [elected in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five shall hold their offices for three years, and their successors] shall be [chosen] ELECTED for TERMS OF two years; PROVIDED, THAT SENATORS ELECTED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES FOR FOUR YEARS. The assembly shall consist of one hundred and fifty members. The assembly members [elected in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, and their successors,] shall be [chosen] ELECTED for TERMS OF two years; PROVIDED, THAT ASSEMBLY MEMBERS ELECTED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES FOR FOUR YEARS. NO PERSON ELECTED TO OFFICE IN THE SENATE IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS SHALL SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE SENATE FOR MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE FOUR YEAR TERMS. NO PERSON ELECTED TO OFFICE IN THE ASSEMBLY IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSE- QUENT YEARS SHALL SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY FOR MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE FOUR YEAR TERMS. ANY PARTIAL TERM OF OFFICE HELD AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE PRIOR TO THE ELECTION TO A CONSECUTIVE FOUR YEAR TERM SHALL NOT BE USED TO CALCULATE ANY TERM LIMITATION IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH. S 2. RESOLVED (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendments 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 three months previous to the time of such election. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89130-01-3

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