senate Bill S1490

Allows open meetings to be photographed, broadcast and recorded by audio or video means subject to reasonable rules

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1045
Versions:
S1490
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Public Officers Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER : S1490

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to open meetings
of public bodies


PURPOSE :
To allow meetings of a public body to be recorded, photographed and
broadcast.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Section 1 -- Legislative findings.

Section 2 -- Establishes that any meeting that is required to be open
to the public must also be able to be recorded, videotaped or
broadcast. Additionally, this section gives public bodies the power to
adopt roles to reasonably regulate the recording, videotaping or
broadcasting of public meetings.

Section 3 -- Establishes the effective date of this act.

JUSTIFICATION :

Since 1977, the proceedings of public bodies have been open to the
public. This bill would allow the public to record public proceedings
as long as their activities are not disruptive; it would also allow
the public body to regulate these actions if it feels the situations
warrant it. Advances in technology have made it possible to record
the proceedings of a meeting without detracting from the deliberative
process.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2007-2008: A.1111/S.2053
2006: A.9812/S.7196
2005: A.90
2003-2004: A.6082
2001-2002: A.6750

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.


EFFECTIVE DATE :
On the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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