Bill S5673-2013

Limits the time state agencies would have to appeal article 78 supreme court judgments against them for violations of freedom of information laws

Limits the time state agencies would have to appeal article 78 supreme court judgments against them for violations of freedom of information laws.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jun 3, 2013: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S5673

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to limiting the amount of time to appeal certain judgments regarding freedom of information violations

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To expedite the appeals process when a trial court has found in favor of a FOIL request action, thereby insuring timely appellate review and conclusion to the issue.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Adds a new paragraph (a) to Subdivision 4 of Section 89 of the Public Officers Law requiring an appeal to be filed within 30 days after a court judgment on a FOIL lawsuit, and abandons the request to appeal when an agency fails to serve and file a brief within two months after the date of the notice of appeal.

Section 2: Authorizes an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The bill creates an expedited process for determining appeals of FOIL decisions. Under the present law, a denial of request for records may be overturned by a court, but the agency may file a notice of appeal and have up to 9 months to perfect the appeal. This delay, in some circumstances, may create an unfairness or a restriction of rights to an individual; the delaying of disclosure, through the normal process of appeal, may make moot the individual's FOIL request and functionally deny them the timely access to documents needed.

In addition, a speedier resolution reduces court costs borne by all parties.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: A.68/S.6731 (Latimer/Bonacic) - Passed Assembly; Senate Investigations - 2011: A.68 (Latimer) - Passed Assembly, 2010: A.6484-A (Latimer) - Passed Assembly, 2010: A.6484 (Latimer) - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5673 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 3, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to limiting the amount of time to appeal certain judgments regarding freedom of infor- mation violations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 89 of the public officers law is amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows: (D) APPEAL TO THE APPELLATE DIVISION OF THE SUPREME COURT MUST BE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW, AND MUST BE FILED WITHIN THIRTY DAYS AFTER SERVICE BY A PARTY UPON THE APPELLANT OF A COPY OF THE JUDGMENT OR ORDER APPEALED FROM AND WRITTEN NOTICE OF ITS ENTRY. AN APPEAL TAKEN FROM AN ORDER OF THE COURT REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF ANY OR ALL RECORDS SOUGHT SHALL BE GIVEN PREFERENCE, SHALL BE BROUGHT ON FOR ARGUMENT ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS THE PRESIDING JUSTICE MAY DIRECT UPON APPLICA- TION OF ANY PARTY TO THE PROCEEDING, AND SHALL BE DEEMED ABANDONED WHEN AN AGENCY FAILS TO SERVE AND FILE A RECORD AND BRIEF WITHIN SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF THE NOTICE OF APPEAL. FAILURE BY AN AGENCY TO SERVE AND FILE A RECORD AND BRIEF WITHIN THE ALLOTTED TIME SHALL RESULT IN THE DISMISSAL OF THE APPEAL. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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