senate Bill S1853A

Includes an advisory committee within the definition of a public body for purposes of the open meetings law

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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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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 05 / Mar / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.154
  • 06 / Mar / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 07 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 1853A
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 18 / Mar / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.298
  • 19 / Mar / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 20 / Mar / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS

Summary

Includes an advisory committee within the definition of a public body for purposes of the open meetings law.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1455A
Versions:
S1853
S1853A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง102, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2013-2014: A1455
2011-2012: A522, S811, A522
2009-2010: A4634, S1720, A4634

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BILL NUMBER:S1853A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation
to the definition of a public body pursuant to the open meetings law

PURPOSE: Relates to the definition of a public body pursuant to the
open meetings law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 2 of section 102 of the public
officers law, as amended by chapter 704 of the laws of 1979 and such
section as renumbered by chapter 652 of the laws of 1983, is amended.

JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, any public body that is comprised
of public officers and possesses decision-making authority, is subject
to the open meetings law. However, many times local government
officials appoint and/or create committees, often adversary in nature,
who hold routine meetings and have legitimate guidelines and mission
they must adhere to. These committees that are appointed by a public
body are not subject to the open meetings law.

It is the goal of this legislation to create greater transparency with
regard to government appointed entities who by nature, advise said
government on local matters.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.811; 2009-10 S.1720,

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to 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
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 1853--A                                            A. 1455--A
    Cal. No. 154

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Investi-
  gations and Government Operations  --  reported  favorably  from  said
  committee,  ordered  to  first  and  second report, ordered to a third
  reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining  its  place  in  the
  order of third reading

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Governmental Operations --  committee  discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee

AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to  the  definition
  of a public body pursuant to the open meetings law

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 102 of the public officers law, as
amended by chapter 704 of the laws of 1979 and such  section  as  renum-
bered by chapter 652 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
  2.  "Public  body" means any entity, for which a quorum is required in
order to conduct public business and  which  consists  of  two  or  more
members,  performing  a  governmental  function  for the state or for an
agency or department thereof, or for a public corporation as defined  in
section  sixty-six  of  the  general  construction  law, or committee or
subcommittee OR ADVISORY COMMITTEE or other similar body of such  public
body.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01630-02-3

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