assembly Bill A10052
Mark J.F. Schroeder
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Vetoed by Governor
Requires the secretary of state to compile, make public and keep current certain information about state boards.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to infor-
mation on state boards
PURPOSE: To create a centralized compilation of information about state
boards which is available to the public.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends the executive law by adding a
new section 100-A which defines "board" and requires the secretary of
state to maintain a compilation of the membership and meeting informa-
tion of all state boards. The secretary of state must keep such invento-
ry in a public record available on the Department of State website.
On an annual basis, the secretary of state must update the list, verify
the existence of all boards listed in law, and when appropriate, make'
recommendations to the governor and legislature to merge boards with
duplicative duties and purposes or eliminate nonfunctioning boards. This
section also provides that all boards shall submit to the secretary of
state all information needed to facilitate the publication requirements,
and provides that failure to do so will render the members of the board
ineligible to receive payments for compensation or expenses until such
information is received.
Section two provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: No complete public inventory of state commissions,
boards, councils, task forces, or similar bodies exists in New York. As
a result, it is difficult, if not impossible, for New Yorkers to have an
understanding of existing boards, their composition, purpose or legal
responsibilities. In fact, the Committee on Oversight, Analysis & Inves-
tigation recently completed a review of more than one hundred statutori-
ly authorized boards, task forces, and commissions, and discovered that
only about half have information online, public meetings are listed for
only thirty percent, and contact information was readily found for only
Forty-one states have some form of centralized compilation or list of
state boards. This legislation would bring New York in line with the
majority of states which already provide this information to their citi-
zens, and enable New Yorkers to easily find information about boards
they are interested in. Overall, this is an important step in improving
accountability and increasing government transparency.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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