Relates to the authorization of debt in times of public emergency; limits the total amount of state debt; establishes a debt management board; relates to the refunding of state debts.
BILL NUMBER:S961 REVISED 1/7/13
TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to article 7 of the constitution, in relation to the authorization of debt in times of public emergency, a limit on the total amount of state debt, the establishment of a debt management board and refunding of state debts
PURPOSE: The proposed will improve the transparency, accountability, and affordability of New York State's borrowing practices.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new Article 5-B (Limitations on State Funded Debt") to the State Finance Law, including four sections:
Section 67-a defines the terms "State debt," "State-backed debt," "State-funded debt" and "State-supported debt" to clarify the full scope of the State's debt obligations. Section 67-a also defines the terms "Revenue debt," "Total personal income of the state," "capital work or purpose," "conduit debt obligation", "cash surplus" and "state authority."
Section 67-b sets forth the duties with respect to state-funded debt, which include:
o authorizing the division of the budget to annually determine the debt limit of the state by calculating the amount equal to five percent of the defined total personal income of the state;
o beginning SPY 2022-23, authorizing the division of the budget, by October 31, to determine the total debt limit of the state for the next fiscal year and report the limit to the legislature and the comptroller;
o beginning in fiscal year 2013-14, the inclusion of a plan in the executive budget proposal outlining the methodology for implementing the debt limit determined by DOB.
Section 67-c continues the current limitations on the issuance of state-supported debt. This section shall expire and be deemed repealed on March 31, 2021 when section 67-c is in effect.
Section 67-d sets forth general limitations on State funded debt including:
o implementation of an overall debt cap, effective on and after April 1, 2022, on all State funded debt to limit debt to no more than 51; of the total personal income in the State;
o prohibiting the use of State funded debt for any purpose other than a capital purpose;
o requiring all State funded debt to be in the form of obligations issued by the Comptroller beginning with the fiscal year that is at least one year after the effective date of an amendment to the Constitution;
o prohibiting the issuance of any state funded debt obligation with a final maturity exceeding the probable life of the capital project financed by such debt, as well as prohibiting any maturity longer than 30 years.
Section 67-e prohibits the issuance of new debt supported by a state agreement to make payments only if expected debt service sources fall short.
Section 67-f mandates that at the end of any fiscal year, 75 percent of any cash surplus shall be deposited to the Rainy Day Fund until the Fund reaches its maximum balance. The remaining 25 percent, as well as anything after Rainy Day Fund has reached its limit, shall be deposited in the Debt Reduction Reserve Fund.
Section 67-g creates the Debt Planning Council with seven members, one each appointed by the Governor, the Comptroller, the Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly and three public finance experts drawn from a pool of candidates supplied by the existing four and chosen by the Governor. Representatives of the Council shall elect a chair person.
Section 67-h establishes the powers and duties of the Debt Planning Council including annually establishing the debt affordability of the State, which cannot be exceeded, annually reporting on all current and projected State-Funded debt levels and factors that affect the cost of that debt, creation of a State-Funded debt database and making recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on all State-funded debt and Other capital financing matters.
Sections 2 through 13 make conforming changes to statute to the newly created definition of "state funded debt" set forth in new State Finance Law Article 5-B, as added by this bill.
Section 14 amends section 50 of the State Finance Law by adding a voting representative from the Debt Planning Council.
Section 15 expands the jurisdiction of the Public Authorities Control Board to include financing and construction of projects of all state authorities and requires that applications include a current listing of all debt and debt service obligations of the applicant.
Section 16 adds a new subdivision 6 to section 51 of the Public Authorities Law to require an annual report by the Public Authorities Control Board detailing (i) the aggregate amount of debt approved by the Board during the fiscal year, (ii) a list of the individual projects approved by the Board for each public authority during the fiscal year, and (iii) the total amount of new debt obligations the Board has approved during the fiscal year for issuance by each public authority.
Section 17 provides for an immediate effective date. Provided, however, that section 67-c of the state finance law shall expire and be deemed repealed on March 31, 2021 and that subdivisions 3 and 6 of section 67-d of the state finance law, as added by section one of this act, shall take effect on the same date as the amendments to article 7 of the state constitution.
JUSTIFICATION: Although New York regularly borrows and spends money to finance long term projects such as roads, bridges, dams, prisons and university buildings, there is no policy to comprehensively track these capital assets and there is no long term plan for maintaining, replacing or adding to them. Without knowing what we have or what we need, it is difficult to determine if the State's limited resources are being put to the best use or if the State's infrastructure will be able to support future citizen needs.
Furthermore, the State relies heavily on borrowing by public authorities, which does not require the approval of taxpayers ("backdoor borrowing") to pay for a large portion of the State's Capital Plan. Less than six percent of the State's current debt burden has been approved by those who pay for it. Reliance on this type of borrowing has become commonplace. The enacted Five Year Capital Plan for SFY 2012-13 through SFY 2016-17 contains no new borrowing proposals requiring voter approval, but instead relies upon public authority debt. One reason is the Constitution allows only one bond act for a single purpose to be put before voters at a time, significantly limiting the State's flexibility to address all capital needs in this process.
New York's already high debt burden is projected to significantly increase over the next five years. The debt reform measures enacted in 2000 did little to slow the growth of the State debt or restrict the use of debt to capital projects and, as a result, the State is rapidly approaching the statutory cap on State-supported debt outstanding as established in the Debt Reform Act of 2000. Although that cap was placed on the amount of debt outstanding and debt was restricted to capital purposes only, these provisions did not apply to all types of State debt and are statutory, not constitutional, and thus easily by-passed. As a result, these measures have not been effective. For example, as of March 31, 2012, 13.5 percent of the State's current debt burden is for debt that was issued for budget relief or deficit financing, which is much like using a mortgage to pay for groceries.
The Debt Reform Act of 2000 did not adequately restrain harmful borrowing practices or control growth. The State's borrowing practices must be made more transparent, accountable and affordable.
Furthermore, as of March 31, 2012, approximately 94 percent of State-Funded debt outstanding was issued without voter approval by myriad public authorities. The Constitution establishes a procedure for controlling debt outstanding by keeping voters involved. This bill will not only return voters to that role, but will also remove public authorities from the process by having the State Comptroller issue ALL debt for the State.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 961 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to article 7 of the constitution, in relation to the authorization of debt in times of public emergency, a limit on the total amount of state debt, the establishment of a debt management board and refunding of state debts Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 10 of arti- cle 7 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 10. In addition to the above limited power to contract debts, the state may contract debts to repel invasion, suppress insurrection, [or] defend the state in war, [or to suppress forest fires] OR TO RESPOND TO ANY OTHER EMERGENCY STEMMING FROM A DISASTER INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A DISASTER CAUSED BY AN ACT OF TERRORISM; but the money arising from the contracting of such debts shall be applied for the purpose for which it was raised, or to repay such debts, and to no other purpose whatever. NO DEBT SHALL BE CONTRACTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION WITHOUT THE CONCUR- RENCE OF THE GOVERNOR, THE COMPTROLLER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TWO-THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS ELECTED TO EACH HOUSE OF THE LEGISLATURE; AND THE GOVERNOR SHALL HAVE POWER TO SUMMON THE COMPTROLLER AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND CONVENE THE LEGISLATURE IN EXTRAORDINARY SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSIDERING SUCH EMERGENCY DEBT. AT THE TIME, DATE AND PLACE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, NO OTHER SUBJECT SHALL BE ACTED UPON UNTIL EACH, IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, HAS GIVEN THEIR APPROVAL OR ANY ONE THERE- OF HAS GIVEN THEIR DISAPPROVAL OF THE DEBT PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR TO ENABLE THE STATE TO RESPOND TO SUCH EMERGENCY: THE GOVERNOR, THE COMP- TROLLER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY. THE PROPOSAL OF SUCH EMERGENCY DEBT SHALL BE IN THE FORM OF A RESOLUTION PREPARED AND SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO THE COMPTROLLER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY, WHO SHALL APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE SUCH RESOLUTION WITHOUT ANY CHANGES THERETO; AND IF SUCH RESOLUTION IS APPROVED BY THE EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89066-01-3 S. 961 2 GOVERNOR, THE COMPTROLLER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND TWO-THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS ELECTED TO EACH HOUSE OF THE LEGISLATURE, THEN SUCH LAW OR LAWS SHALL BE ENACTED AS MAY BE NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE TO IMPLEMENT SUCH APPROVAL. S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 11 of article 7 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 11. 1. Except the debts or refunding debts specified in sections 9, 10 and 13 of this article, no debt shall be hereafter contracted by or [in] ON behalf of the state, unless such debt shall be authorized by law PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, for some single work or purpose, to be distinctly specified therein. DEBT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ANY DEBT OR OBLIGATION SUPPORTED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY ANY FINANCING ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY THE STATE AGREES, WHETHER BY LAW, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, TO MAKE PAYMENTS WHICH ARE TO BE USED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FOR THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL, INTEREST, OR RELATED PAYMENTS ON INDEBTEDNESS INCURRED OR CONTRACTED BY THE STATE ITSELF FOR ANY PURPOSE, OR BY ANY STATE AGENCY, MUNICIPALITY, INDIVIDUAL, PUBLIC AUTHORITY OR OTHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE CORPORATION OR ANY OTHER ENTITY FOR STATE CAPITAL OR OPERATING PURPOSES OR TO FINANCE GRANTS, LOANS OR OTHER ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS MADE OR TO BE MADE BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE STATE FOR ANY PURPOSE. IF THE STATE AGREES TO MAKE FUTURE REVENUES FROM A SPECIFIC STATE SOURCE AVAILABLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING DEBT OF ANY MUNICI- PALITY, INDIVIDUAL, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE CORPORATION OR ANY OTHER ENTITY, SUCH DEBT SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE A DEBT FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING A STATE GRANT, LOAN OR OTHER ASSISTANCE PAYMENT AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY (I) WHETHER OR NOT THE OBLIGATION OF THE STATE TO MAKE PAYMENTS IS SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION OR IS OTHERWISE CONTINGENT, OR (II) WHETHER OR NOT DEBT SERVICE IS TO BE PAID FROM A REVENUE STREAM TRANSFERRED BY THE STATE TO ANOTHER PARTY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SUCH PAYMENTS. [No] 2. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION 5 OF THIS SECTION, NO such law shall take effect until it shall, at a general election, have been submitted to the people, and have received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it at such election nor shall it be submitted to be voted on within three months after its passage BY THE LEGISLATURE nor at any general election when any MORE THAN FOUR other [law or any bill] PROPOSITIONS shall be submitted to be voted for or against. 3. DURING THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING IN CALENDAR YEAR 2022 AND IN EVERY FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, NO PROPOSITION CONCERNING SUCH A LAW SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE PEOPLE FOR APPROVAL, AND NO SUCH LAW SHALL BE ENACTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION 5 OF THIS SECTION, UNLESS THE TOTAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF DEBT TO BE AUTHORIZED BY SUCH LAW, TOGETHER WITH THE TOTAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF DEBT EITHER ALREADY OUTSTANDING, OR AUTHORIZED TO BE INCURRED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, SHALL BE EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL PERSONAL INCOME OF THE STATE. SUCH PERSONAL INCOME IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE DEBT MANAGEMENT BOARD ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION 4 OF THIS SECTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH COMMONLY ACCEPTED METHOD OR METHODS OF MEASURING THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY OF THE STATE AS SHALL BE PRESCRIBED BY A LAW, WHICH SHALL BE ENACTED NOT LATER THAN JUNE 30, 2016, AND AS MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS SECTION. DEBT SUBJECT TO THE LIMIT IMPOSED BY THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE ALL DEBT SUPPORTED BY FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS DESCRIBED IN SUBDI- VISION 1 OF THIS SECTION BUT SHALL NOT INCLUDE THE DEBTS SPECIFIED IN SECTIONS 9, 10 AND 13 OF THIS ARTICLE OR DEBT PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED BY LAW BUT NOT INCURRED BECAUSE OF THE SUBSEQUENT REPEAL OF SUCH AUTHORI- S. 961 3 ZATION OR THE SUBSEQUENT PROHIBITION OF SUCH DEBT PURSUANT TO SUBDIVI- SION 10 OF THIS SECTION. 4. A DEBT MANAGEMENT BOARD, CONSISTING OF THE GOVERNOR, THE COMP- TROLLER AND A THIRD PERSON JOINTLY SELECTED BY THE GOVERNOR AND THE COMPTROLLER, SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BY LAW. THE DEBT MANAGEMENT BOARD SHALL ANNUALLY DETERMINE, WITHIN THE LIMITS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION 3 OF THIS SECTION, A DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL WHICH SHALL PRESCRIBE FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR AND FORECAST FOR THE TWO SUCCEEDING FISCAL YEARS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF ADDITIONAL DEBT THAT MAY BE INCURRED AND THE TOTAL DEBT SERVICE OBLIGATIONS THAT MAY BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE STATE WITHOUT OVERBURDENING PRESENT OR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS ARTICLE FOR THE ENSUING FISCAL YEAR AND THE BUDGET BILLS SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF THIS ARTICLE FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR SHALL NOT PROPOSE ANY ADDITIONAL DEBT OR NEW DEBT SERVICE EXPENSE THAT WOULD CAUSE TOTAL DEBT OR TOTAL DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES TO EXCEED THE DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL PRESCRIBED FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND NEITHER THE GOVERNOR NOR THE LEGISLATURE SHALL, BY LAW, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, PROVIDE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL DEBT OR NEW DEBT SERVICE EXPENSE THAT WOULD CAUSE TOTAL DEBT OR TOTAL DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES TO EXCEED SUCH LEVEL WITHOUT THE UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF THE DEBT MANAGEMENT BOARD. DURING THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING IN 2018 AND IN EVERY FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, THE DEBT MANAGEMENT BOARD SHALL NOT ESTABLISH ANY DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL WHICH WOULD RESULT IN A TOTAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF DEBT IN EXCESS OF THE LIMIT ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVI- SION 3 OF THIS SECTION. 5. DURING ANY FISCAL YEAR, A LAW OR LAWS AUTHORIZING DEBT IN THE COMBINED AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF ONE BILLION DOLLARS, OR THREE PERCENT OF THE LIMIT DETERMINED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION 3 OF THIS SECTION, WHICHEV- ER IS GREATER, MAY BE ENACTED WITHOUT BEING SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL BY THE PEOPLE. HOWEVER, IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBT INCURRED IN FISCAL YEARS BEGINNING IN 2022 AND THEREAFTER PURSUANT TO SUCH LAW OR LAWS RESULT IN A TOTAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF DEBT IN EXCESS OF THE LIMIT DETERMINED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION 3 OF THIS SECTION OR THE DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION 4 OF THIS SECTION. 6. ALL DEBT SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION (I) SHALL, EXCEPT FOR REFUNDING DEBT, BE INCURRED ONLY FOR A CAPITAL PURPOSE AUTHORIZED BY LAW, AND (II) SHALL, IF INCURRED ON OR AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING AT LEAST ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, BE IN THE FORM OF OBLIGATIONS ISSUED BY THE COMPTROLLER. 7. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION SHALL INVALIDATE DEBT OBLIGATIONS OUTSTANDING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION THAT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION IF INCURRED AFTER THE EFFEC- TIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AND THE STATE MAY CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR PAYMENTS RELATED TO SUCH DEBT ON THE SAME TERMS UNDER WHICH SUCH DEBT WAS INCURRED; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO SUCH DEBT SHALL BE REFUNDED UNLESS (I) SUCH REFUNDING COMPLIES IN ALL RESPECTS WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 13 OF THIS ARTICLE, AND (II) ANY REFUNDING OBLIGATIONS ISSUED ON OR AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING AT LEAST ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION ARE ISSUED BY THE COMPTROLLER. SUCH OUTSTANDING DEBT OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, REQUIRED FOR SUCH OBLIGATIONS SHALL BE INCLUDED IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE LIMIT IMPOSED BY SUBDIVISION 3 OF THIS SECTION AND THE DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION 4 OF THIS SECTION. THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 16 OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL NOT APPLY TO STATE PAYMENTS WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUCH OBLIGATIONS UNLESS SUCH S. 961 4 PROVISIONS WOULD HAVE APPLIED PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDI- VISION. 8. DEBT OBLIGATIONS ISSUED TO REFUND OUTSTANDING STATE DEBT, REGARD- LESS OF WHETHER SUCH OUTSTANDING DEBT WAS INCURRED PRIOR TO THE EFFEC- TIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SHALL NOT BE COUNTED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE LIMIT IMPOSED BY SUBDIVISION 3 OF THIS SECTION AND THE DEBT AFFORDA- BILITY LEVEL REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION 4 OF THIS SECTION IF SUCH REFUNDING COMPLIES IN ALL RESPECTS WITH SECTION 13 OF THIS ARTICLE. DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES ON DEBT THAT HAS BEEN REFUNDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 13 OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE EXCLUDED FROM THE DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL TO THE EXTENT THAT SUCH DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES ARE TO BE PAID FROM AN ESCROW FUND ESTABLISHED WITH PROCEEDS OF THE REFUNDING DEBT, BUT DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES ON THE REFUNDING DEBT SHALL BE INCLUDED EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THAT SUCH DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES ARE TO BE PAID FROM SUCH AN ESCROW FUND. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION AND SUBDIVISIONS 7 AND 9 OF THIS SECTION, ANY REFUNDING DEBT THAT DOES NOT EXTEND BEYOND THE FINAL MATU- RITY OF THE DEBT BEING REFUNDED SHALL BE DEEMED TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION 6 OF SECTION 13 OF THIS ARTICLE, PROVIDED THAT THERE IS AN ACTUAL DEBT SERVICE SAVINGS IN EVERY YEAR TO MATURITY AS A RESULT OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE REFUNDING DEBT. 9. AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION THE STATE SHALL NOT, EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED IN SOME OTHER SECTION OF THIS CONSTI- TUTION, AGREE TO MAKE PAYMENTS, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, WHETHER OR NOT SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION, THAT ARE TO BE AVAILABLE TO PAY DEBT SERVICE ON ANY DEBT INCURRED BY A MUNICIPALITY, INDIVIDUAL, PUBLIC AUTHORITY OR OTHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE CORPORATION OR ANY OTHER ENTITY, FOR ANY PURPOSE, IF SUCH PAYMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE USED TO PAY DEBT SERVICE ONLY IF OTHER SOURCES AVAILABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF DEBT SERVICE ARE INADEQUATE. OUTSTANDING DEBT THAT WOULD BE PROHIBITED BY THIS SUBDIVI- SION IF SUCH DEBT HAD BEEN INCURRED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION MAY BE REFUNDED BY THE ENTITY THAT INCURRED THE OUTSTANDING DEBT PROVIDED THAT ALL PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS 7 AND 8 OF THIS SECTION ARE COMPLIED WITH EXCEPT THE REQUIREMENT THAT SUCH REFUNDING DEBT OBLIGATIONS BE ISSUED BY THE COMPTROLLER, AND REFUNDING DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES SHALL ONLY BE INCLUDED IN THE DEBT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL IF THE DEBT SERVICE EXPENSES ON THE DEBT BEING REFUNDED WOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED. 10. The legislature may, at any time after the ENACTMENT OR approval of such law [by the people], if no debt shall have been contracted in pursuance thereof, repeal the same; and may at any time, by law, forbid the contracting of any further debt or liability under such law. S 3. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That subdivisions 6 and 7 of section 13 of article 7 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: 6. In no event shall the last annual installment or contribution on any portion of refunding debt, including refunding obligations issued to refund other refunding obligations, be made after THE LAST INSTALLMENT ON THE RELEVANT PORTION OF THE DEBT TO BE REFUNDED OR AFTER the termi- nation of the period of probable life of the projects financed with the proceeds of the relevant portion of the debt to be refunded, or any debt previously refunded with the refunding obligations to be refunded, determined as of the date of issuance of the original obligations pursu- ant to section 12 of this article to finance such projects, or forty years from such date, if earlier; provided, however, that in lieu of the foregoing, an entire refunding issue or portion thereof may be struc- S. 961 5 tured to mature over the remaining weighted average useful life of all projects financed with the obligations being refunded. 7. [Subject to the provisions of subdivision 5 of this section, each annual installment or contribution of principal of refunding obligations shall be equal to the amount that would be required by subdivision 1 of section 12 of this article if such installments or contributions were required to be made from the year that the next installment or contrib- ution would have been due on the obligations to be refunded, if they had not been refunded, until the final maturity of the refunding obligations but excluding any year in which no installment or contribution would have been due on the obligations to be refunded or, in the alternative, the] THE total payments of principal and interest on the refunding bonds shall be less in each year to their final maturity than the total payments of principal and interest on the bonds to be refunded in each such year. S 4. 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 for 3 months previous to the time of such election.