senate Bill S1964

Establishes the commission on public authority reform to study and investigate reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries

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Summary

Establishes a temporary state commission to be known as the commission on public authority reform to study and investigate reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries in New York state; requires reporting; appropriates $100,000 therefor.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7644
Versions:
S1964
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3643, A3067
2009-2010: S3827A, A3114A
2007-2008: S8198, A11779

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BILL NUMBER:S1964

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
establishing a temporary state commission to study and investigate
reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries in the
state of New York; making an appropriation therefor; and providing for
the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
To establish a commission to study reducing the number of public
authorities in the state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one establishes the commission on public authority reform.

Section two lays out the make up of commission members.

Section three outlines the specific duties of the commission.

Section four describes the powers of the commission.

Section five sets forth that the commission shall file a report of its
findings relative to the elimination, dissolution consolidation or
merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries with the
Governor, and Senate and Assembly Leaders; and shall issue a binding
recommendation which shall be presented to the legislature to
completely accept or reject.

Section six makes an appropriation of $100,000 for the expenses of the
commission.

Section seven is the effective date which is immediate provided that
this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on the first day next
succeeding the date of the submission of the report as required in
section 5.

JUSTIFICATION:
The May 17, 2006 Report of the New York State Commission on Public
Authority Reform contained numerous suggestions to improve the
governance, operations and disclosure of public authorities, to build
upon and improve the Public Authorities Accountability Act signed by
the Governor in January of 2006. Many of these suggestions are set
forth in current bills in both the Assembly and the Senate. The
Commission also had been charged with identifying appropriate
opportunities for the elimination, dissolution, consolidation or
merger of public authorities and their subsidiaries. The Commission
recommended further in-depth investigation before implementation of
any significant changes.

To that end, this bill is necessary and will create a temporary
commission with the sole charge of investigating opportunities for
the elimination, dissolution, consolidation or merger of public
authorities and their subsidiaries. Under this legislation, the
commission will be charged with presenting its recommendations to the
Governor, Senate and Assembly by December 31, 2014. The temporary
commission will also have a target goal of reducing the number of
public authorities by 50%, and reducing the number of subsidiaries by
75%.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12 S. 3643 - Finance Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Approximately $100,000.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate, with provisions.

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

                                  1964

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GRIFFO, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT establishing a temporary state commission to study  and  investi-
  gate  reducing the number of public authorities and their subsidiaries
  in the state of  New  York;  making  an  appropriation  therefor;  and
  providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. A temporary state commission, to be known as the commission
on public authority reform, hereafter referred to as the commission,  is
hereby   created  to  investigate,  evaluate  and  make  recommendations
concerning  the  scope  and  effectiveness  involving  the  elimination,
dissolution,  consolidation  or  merger  of public authorities and their
subsidiaries in the state of New York.
  S 2. (a) The commission shall  consist  of  thirteen  members,  to  be
appointed  as  follows:  three  members to be appointed by the governor;
three members to be appointed by the temporary president of the  senate;
three members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; one member
to  be  appointed by the minority leader of the senate; one member to be
appointed by the minority leader of the assembly; one  member  shall  be
appointed  by  the comptroller, and one member shall be appointed by the
attorney general. The appointees shall have  demonstrated  expertise  in
the  development and financing of public authorities. The governor shall
designate  the  chairperson  and  vice-chairperson  of  the  commission.
Vacancies  in  the  membership  of the commission and among its officers
shall be filled in the manner  provided  for  original  appointments  or
designations.
  (b)  The  members  of the commission shall receive no compensation for
their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties under this act. The  commis-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00116-01-3

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sion  may  employ  and  at pleasure remove such personnel as it may deem
necessary for the performance of its functions  and  fix  their  compen-
sation within the amounts made available by appropriation therefor.
  (c)  The New York state public authorities control board shall provide
the commission such facilities, assistance, and data as will enable  the
commission  to  carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other
departments or agencies of the state or subdivisions thereof  shall,  at
the  request of the chairperson, provide the commission such facilities,
assistance, and data as will enable the  commission  to  carry  out  its
powers and duties.
  S  3.  Specifically  the  commission  shall  investigate  at least the
following:
  (a) the opportunities for the elimination, dissolution,  consolidation
or  merger  of public authorities and their subsidiaries in the state of
New York; and
  (b) reducing the number of all  existing  public  authorities  in  the
state of New York by fifty percent and reducing the number of all exist-
ing subsidiaries in the state of New York by seventy-five percent.
  S  4.  (a)  For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission may
meet and hold public and/or  private  hearings  within  or  without  the
state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant
to  the  legislative  law. The commission is authorized and empowered to
undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or analyses it may deem  rele-
vant  through  its  own personnel or in cooperation with or by agreement
with any other public or private agency.
  (b) To the maximum extent feasible, the  commission  may  request  and
shall be entitled to receive and shall utilize and be provided with such
facilities,  resources and data from any court in the state and from any
subdivision, department, board, bureau, commission,  office,  agency  or
other instrumentality of the state or of any political subdivision ther-
eof  as  it deems necessary or desirable for the proper execution of its
powers and duties and to effectuate the purposes set forth in this act.
  (c) The commission is hereby authorized and empowered  to  enter  into
any  agreements  and  to  do and perform any acts that may be necessary,
desirable or proper to carry out the purposes  and  objectives  of  this
act.
  S  5.  The  commission  shall make recommendations and a report of its
findings. The commission shall submit such  recommendations  and  report
developed  by  it  relating to issues involving the elimination, dissol-
ution, consolidation or merger of public authorities and  their  subsid-
iaries  in  the  state  of  New  York, including any recommendations for
legislative action as it may deem  necessary  and  appropriate,  to  the
governor,  the  temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the
assembly no later than the thirty-first day of December in the year next
succeeding the year in which this act shall have  become  a  law.    The
commission shall issue a binding recommendation which shall be presented
to the legislature to completely accept or reject such recommendation.
  S  6.  The  sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or so much
thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to pay the  expenses
incurred,  including personal service, in carrying out the provisions of
this act. Such moneys shall be payable out of the state treasury in  the
general  fund to the credit of the state purposes account after audit by
and on the  warrant  of  the  comptroller  upon  vouchers  certified  or
approved  by  the  chairperson  or vice-chairperson of the commission as
prescribed by law.

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  S 7. This  act  shall  take  effect  immediately;  provided  that  the
provisions  of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on the first
day next succeeding the date of the submission of the report as required
in section five of this act; and provided  further,  however,  that  the
chairperson of the temporary commission on public authority reform shall
notify  the  legislative bill drafting commission upon the submission of
its report as provided for in section five of this act in order that the
commission may maintain an accurate and timely effective  data  base  of
the official text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of
effecting  the  provisions  of  section  44  of  the legislative law and
section 70-b of the public officers law.

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