senate Bill S360

Allows satisfaction of constitutional requirement that bills be on members desks by distribution of bills in electronically written form

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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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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 21 / Jan / 2009
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 13 / Feb / 2009
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 12 / Jan / 2010
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 09 / Feb / 2010
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 23 / Feb / 2010
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

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Bill Details

Versions:
S360
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S360

TITLE OF BILL :
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an
amendment to section 14 of article 3 of the constitution, in relation
to the manner of passing bills


PURPOSE :
Allows satisfaction of constitutional requirement that bills be on
members' desks by distribution of bills in electronically written
form.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Amends Section 14 of Article 3 of the constitution relating to the
requirement that no bill shall be passed or become law unless it shall
have been printed and placed upon the desks of members. This bill adds
language that specifies that a bill shall be deemed printed and on
members' desks if:

* It is set forth in a legible electronic format by electronic means,
and

* It is available for review at the desks of members. Also,
"electronic means" is specifically defined to mean any method of
transmission between computers that:

* Allows the recipient to reproduce the information transmitted in a
tangible medium, so that if any member prefers to review the
information printed on paper, he or she can do so, and

* Does not allow additions, deletions or other changes to be made
without leaving an adequate record thereof.

JUSTIFICATION :
In today's technologically advanced age, a tremendous amount of time,
money, and paper can be saved by placing bills on the desks of
members, prior to voting, in electronic rather than paper form. The
benefits would be especially pronounced when voting on budget bills.
Now, long sessions are made even longer due to the fact that members
must wait for bills to be printed as last minute changes are made.
Entering bills into a computer, subsequently sending them to computers
on members' desks, would be faster and more cost effective. This bill
would allow this option.

Members who prefer to review a paper version of any bill should have
access to a printer. This legislation clearly specifies that every
member who so desires must have access to a paper version of any
legislation on his or her desk.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
02/01/06 Opinion Referred to Judiciary
2007 - S.2981 Opinion Referred to Judiciary
2008 - S.2981 Opinion Referred to Judiciary

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Resolved (if the Assembly concur) that the foregoing amendment be
referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election.
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