Bill S6616-2013

Relates to use of official seals

Relates to use of official seals.

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  • Feb 13, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S6616

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to use of official seals

PURPOSE::

Prohibits the use of County Seals without prior consent of the County.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 404 of the County Law to add language prohibiting the use of County Seals, including, Seal of the Board of Supervisors, County Seal, Seal of the County Treasurer, Surrogate and Register of Deeds, without prior consent of the County or official authorized to issue consent for use of the seals.

Section 2 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation is in response to the overwhelming number of Counties across the state who have voiced opposition to the use of their County seals being used by the state or its agencies in conjunction with the recertification of pistol licenses under the SAFE Act. This bill would prohibit the use of county seals by the state police or any other state or municipal agency without the consent of the county.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE::

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6616 IN SENATE February 13, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to use of official seals THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 404 of the county law, as amended by chapter 961 of the laws of 1966, is amended to read as follows: S 404. Official seals. The official seals of boards of supervisors of the several counties, county seal, county treasurer's seal and the seal of the register of deeds shall continue to be the official seals, respectively, of such boards, county treasurer, surrogate and register of deeds and used as such, respectively, when authorized by law AND MAY NOT BE USED BY ANOTHER STATE OR MUNICIPAL AGENCY WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT. When any such seal shall be lost, destroyed, or become unfit for use, the board of supervisors of the county interested therein or not having such seal, shall cause a new seal or seals to be made at the expense of the county. A description of each of such seals, together with the impressions therefrom, shall be filed in the office of the county clerk and in the office of the secretary of state. In counties having two county seats, a duplicate of the county seal shall be procured and kept at the county seat where the county clerk's office is not situated, at some place to be designated by the county clerk and may be used by him the same as at his office. In counties having but one court house and which is located more than five miles from the county clerk's office, a duplicate of the county seal shall be procured and kept at such court house and the county clerk may use the same at such court house. The seal kept by the county clerk in each county, as prescribed in the judi- ciary law, shall continue to be the seal of the county, and must be used by him where he is required to use an official seal. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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