Bill S6132-2013

Prohibits naming a building after a public official who was responsible for securing public funds for the person or entity naming the building

Prohibits the naming of a building after a public official because such public official was responsible for securing public funds for the person or entity naming the building.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S6132

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law and the legislative law, in relation to the prohibition of naming buildings after public officials

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit naming a building after a public official who was responsible for securing public funds for the person or entity naming the building. This will not apply to deceased or retired public officials.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the public officers law and the legislative law by adding new sections, 79-a and 7-h, respectively. No person who is subject to the provisions of these chapters shall have a building named or cause a building to be named after himself or herself, while he or she holds public office, based on the fact that such a person was responsible for securing public funds for the person or entity involved in naming the building or for securing public funds for the person's or entity's cause or agenda.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation prohibits the naming of a building after an elected official that helped secure state funding for an entity while that elected official is still in office should be prohibited. While the elected officials responsible for securing the funding should be commended, a structure bearing the name of that elected official seems to imply that he/she donated their own personal funds. Ultimately, it is the taxpayers who make such expenditures.

Further, this bill would prevent the perception of any quid pro quo agreements between elected officials and the entities that receive state funds. It would also serve to remove another existing advantage that incumbent elected officials are able to enjoy in New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10293 of 2004 Referred to Government Operations A.3424 of 2005-2006 Referred to Government Operations A.2695 of 2007-2008 Reported to Rules S.3081 of 2009-2010 Referred to Finance A.2839 of 2011-2012 Referred to Governmental Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6132 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. O'BRIEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the public officers law and the legislative law, in relation to the prohibition of naming buildings after public officials THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public officers law is amended by adding a new section 79-a to read as follows: S 79-A. PROHIBITION ON THE NAMING OF BUILDINGS. NO PERSON WHO IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL HAVE A BUILDING NAMED OR CAUSE A BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER HIMSELF OR HERSELF WHILE HE OR SHE HOLDS PUBLIC OFFICE BASED ON THE FACT THAT SUCH PERSON WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON OR ENTITY INVOLVED IN NAMING THE BUILDING OR FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON'S OR ENTITY'S CAUSE OR AGENDA. S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 7-h to read as follows: S 7-H. PROHIBITION ON THE NAMING OF BUILDINGS. NO PERSON WHO IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL HAVE A BUILDING NAMED OR CAUSE A BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER HIMSELF OR HERSELF WHILE HE OR SHE HOLDS PUBLIC OFFICE BASED ON THE FACT THAT SUCH PERSON WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON OR ENTITY INVOLVED IN NAMING THE BUILDING OR FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON'S OR ENTITY'S CAUSE OR AGENDA. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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