senate Bill S265

Pertains to the composition of county and part-county boards of health; relates to municipal consolidation or dissolution petitions

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A639
Versions:
S265
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S265

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the composition
of county and part-county boards of health; and to amend the general
municipal law, the town law and the village law, in relation to the
petition requirements for initiating a referendum regarding municipal
consolidation or dissolution


PURPOSE :
To give certain counties the ability to streamline certain public
health services and to provide a uniform municipal consolidation or
dissolution petition process.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one amends section 351 of the public health law to allow the
same person to be appointed as county health director, public health
director or county health commissioner in counties that meet
population requirements.

Section two amends the general municipal law by adding a new article
17-A - Municipal Consolidation or Dissolution Petitions.

Sections three through ten outlines the procedure for village, town
and fire district consolidations or dissolutions.

JUSTIFICATION :
The Governor's Commission on Local Government Efficiency and
Competitiveness issued a report outlining 72 recommendations for
reforming local governments across New York State. This bill is the
first attempt to accomplish the first flights of those
recommendations. One of the key issues identified during the LGEC
process was that there was not a simple and straightforward process
for electors to petition for a consolidation of two or more
governmental units It was also found that the burden of getting 60% of
voters to approve such a petition was far too high to expect a
consolidation to ever happen. In order to clarify the situation this
bill cleans up the petition process and lowers the threshold for a
petition seeking consolidation from 60% to 25%. It is hoped that this
change will mean more active attempts for local governments to
consider and then, upon showing of reason, consolidate.

The other major component present within the instant bill allows for
the sharing of public health directors by multiple counties. It is
hoped that by streamlining operations, cost savings can be realized.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2008: S.8582 Rules Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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