S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 5, 2011
Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
AN ACT in relation to authorizing and directing the committee on open
government to study proactive disclosure as a means of increasing
transparency and access to government information
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that the
current freedom of information law, enacted in 1977, has served as a
critical vehicle under which the public has gained access to records of
state and local governmental entities. The legislature further finds
that the freedom of information law places the burden on the individual
to request information from an agency, but that the use of current
information technology, combined with a commitment to proactive disclo-
sure, has the potential to provide information to the public to an even
greater degree than does the current law.
S 2. The New York state committee on open government is hereby author-
ized and directed to: (a) study the feasibility of requiring agencies,
as defined in subdivision 3 of section 86 of the public officers law, to
proactively disclose documents that are available under article 6 of the
public officers law; (b) make specific findings and legislative recom-
mendations relating to mandatory proactive disclosure by agencies; (c)
estimate the costs or savings of proactive disclosure; and (d) report
its findings to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and
the speaker of the assembly no later than January 31, 2013.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.