senate Bill S800

Authorizes local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by means of e-mail

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 25 / Jan / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.18
  • 31 / Jan / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 01 / Feb / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / Feb / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / Feb / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 09 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.3
  • 10 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 18 / Jan / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Summary

Authorizes local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by means of e-mail.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1741
Versions:
S800
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Municipal Home Rule Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง20, Munic Home R L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S4677, A7469
2007-2008: A10601

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BILL NUMBER:S800

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the municipal home rule law, in relation to authorizing the
electronic transmission of proposed local laws to members of a local
legislative body

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Authorizes local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members
of their legislative bodies by means of email.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Outlines the methods in which proposed local laws shall be
introduced to members of a local legislative body. Includes email of
the proposed local law in Portable Document Format (POP) as an
acceptable method of notice of introduction to other members of the
local legislative body, which is required for passage. Outlines rules
that must be followed in order for email to be acceptable.

Section 2. Says the act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:
In today's world, email and the internet in general have become a
primary means of communication and correspondence between billions of
people around the world. New York State Municipal Home Rule Law
Article 3, Section 20, Subsection 4 says that the only options of
delivery of a proposed local law are "on the desks of it members" or
"by mail to the members' mailing addresses."

This legislation would allow the use of email as a means of delivery
of a proposed local law in its final form to the members of a local
legislative body. It is important to note that this would add to the
allowable options currently outlined in NYS Municipal Home Rule Law.
This legislation would not remove any current options.

With a vast majority of people having computers and internet access in
their homes. it is only appropriate that email become a utilized form
of communication and delivery of proposed local laws.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.4677/A.7469 Referred to Local Government
2008: S.7669/A.10601 Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This Act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   800

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  YOUNG,  BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, RANZENHOFER -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Local Government

AN  ACT to amend the municipal home rule law, in relation to authorizing
  the electronic transmission of proposed local laws  to  members  of  a
  local legislative body

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 20 of the municipal home rule law,
as amended by chapter 45 of the laws of 1974,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  4.  A  proposed  local  law  may be introduced only by a member of the
legislative body at a meeting of  such  body  or  as  may  be  otherwise
prescribed  by  the  rules of procedure adopted by the legislative body.
No such local law shall be passed until it shall have been in its  final
form  and  either  (a)  upon  the desks or table of the members at least
seven calendar days, exclusive of Sunday, prior to its final passage, or
(b) mailed to each of them in postpaid properly addressed  and  securely
closed  envelopes or wrappers in a post box or post office of the United
States post office department within the local government at  least  ten
calendar  days,  exclusive of Sunday, prior to its final passage, OR (C)
E-MAILED TO THE E-MAIL IN-BOX OF EACH OF THEM IN THE  PORTABLE  DOCUMENT
FORMAT  (PDF)  AT LEAST TEN CALENDAR DAYS, EXCLUSIVE OF SUNDAY, PRIOR TO
ITS FINAL PASSAGE, PROVIDED THAT (I) THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS DOCUMENTED
THAT EACH MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, (II) THE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS PUBLISHED SUCH E-MAIL ADDRESS ON THE BULLETIN BOARD
OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT  CLERK,  AND  (III)  THE  LEGISLATIVE  BODY  HAS
ADOPTED  A  RESOLUTION  AUTHORIZING SUCH ELECTRONIC DELIVERY; unless the
elective or appointive chief executive officer,  if  there  be  one,  or
otherwise  the  chairman  of  the board of supervisors, in the case of a

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02625-01-1

S. 800                              2

county, the mayor in the case of a city or village or the supervisor  in
the  case  of  a  town  shall have certified as to the necessity for its
immediate passage and such local law be passed by the  affirmative  vote
of two-thirds of the total voting power of the legislative body.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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