Bill S7583-2013

Establishes the New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission and provides for its powers and duties

Establishes the New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission and provides for its powers and duties.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S7583

TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a temporary New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission, and providing for its powers and duties; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

Establishes the New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission and provides for its posers and duties.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Creates the new York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration and provides for the powers and duties of the commission. Provides that the Commission shall consist of 13 members including the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Economic Development, the president of the League of Women Voters of New York State, the superintendent of the Women's Rights National Historical Park, the president of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, the director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, a member of the board of the New York Council for the Humanities and a member appointed by each: the Governor; the temporary president of the Senate; Speaker of the Assembly; minority leader of the Senate; and the minority leader of the Assembly.

JUSTIFICATION:

From Anne Hutchinson to Susan B. Anthony to Gloria Steinem, the women of New York State have powerfully shaped both our local and national histories. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York, a milestone moment for the state and the nation and a moment that continues to resonate to the present day. Equal opportunity is as important a topic today as it was when Susan B. Anthony was arrested in Rochester for attempting to vote.

This commission will plan and execute an organized series of statewide conversations and programs that celebrate the accomplishment of women's suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this national and international milestone.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2020.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7583 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to create a temporary New York state women's suffrage 100th anni- versary commemoration commission, and providing for its powers and duties; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expira- tion thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and declares there is a need to create a New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission to promote the 100th anniver- sary of women's suffrage, which will take place between the years 2017 and 2020. The primary focus of the New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission will be to plan and execute an organized series of statewide conversations and programs that celebrate the accomplishment of women's suffrage and the central role of New York- ers and New York state in this national and international milestone, while also helping shape the future to ensure a more just and equitable society for all. The legislature finds that the creation of a New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission is necessary to bring together persons qualified by experience and/or by powers vested in them by their offices to coordinate and facilitate such a multi-year event. S 2. New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission; created. (a) There is hereby created a temporary state commission to be known as the "New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission". (b) As used in this act, "commission" means the New York state women's suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission. (c) (1) The commission shall consist of 13 members as follows: (i) the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation, or his or her duly designated representative; (ii) the commissioner of education, or his or her duly designated representative;
(iii) the commissioner of economic development, or his or her duly designated representative; (iv) the president of the League of Women Voters of New York State; (v) the superintendent of the Women's Rights National Historical Park; (vi) the president of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House; (vii) the director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation; (viii) a member of the board of the New York Council for the Humani- ties as a non-voting member; (ix) one member appointed by the governor; (x) one member appointed by the temporary president of the senate; (xi) one member appointed by the speaker of the assembly; (xii) one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and (xiii) one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The five appointed members shall serve at the pleasure of the appoint- ing official. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. (2) The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties. (3) Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of any general, special or local law, ordinance, resolution or charter, no officer, member or employee of the state or of any public corporation shall forfeit his or her office or employment by reason of his or her acceptance of appoint- ment as a member of the commission, nor shall service as such commission member be deemed incompatible or in conflict with such office or employ- ment. (4) The commission shall appoint such staff as may be necessary to carry out its duties. S 3. Powers and duties of the commission. The commission shall have the following powers and duties: (a) To coordinate the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage for the years 2017 through 2020; (b) To plan and execute an organized series of conversations surround- ing women's suffrage starting in 2015; (c) To utilize a portfolio of public humanities programs to engage the citizens of New York with the important issues inherent to the women's suffrage initiative; and (d) Hold lectures exploring how women have shaped history and continue to form the history of New York state. S 4. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions and fix their compensation within the amounts made available by appropriation therefor. The commission may meet and hold public and/or private hear- ings within or without the state, and shall have all the powers of legislative committee pursuant to the legislative law. S 5. The commission may request and shall receive from any subdivi- sion, department, board, commission, office, agency, or other instrumen- tality of the state or of any political subdivision thereof such facili- ties, assistance and data as it deems necessary or desirable for the proper execution of its powers and duties and to effectuate the purposes set forth in this act. S 6. The commission is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into any agreements and to do and perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable or proper to carry out the purposes and objectives of this act. The commission shall contract with the New York Council for the
Humanities for the grant and re-granting of programs to develop and implement the above. S 7. The commission shall continue in existence until December 31, 2020. S 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2020.

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