senate Bill S2519

Entitles members to bring one substantive piece of legislation to the floor for a vote without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year term

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  • 18 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Summary

Entitles members to bring one substantive piece of legislation to the floor for a vote without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year term.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2747
Versions:
S2519
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง33-a, Leg L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6947, A9548A

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2519

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
entitling each member of the legislature to bring one substantive
piece of legislation of his or her choosing to the floor for a vote
without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year
term

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow each member of the
Legislature, during each two-year term, to bring one substantive piece
of legislation, of his or her choosing, to the floor for a vote.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 shall be known and cited as the "sensible opportunity for
legislative equality (SOLE) act"

Section 2 allows each member of the Legislature, during each two-year
term, to choose to have one bill discharged from committee and brought
to the floor for a vote by filing a written notice with the clerk of
that member's respective House. This excludes any bill accompanied by
a home rule message.

Section 3 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would require that during each
two-year Legislative Term, each member would be entitled to have at
least one substantive piece of legislation of his or her choosing
discharged from a committee and brought to the floor for a vote. All
home rule legislation would be excluded.

While this legislation seeks to bypass all other rules regal ding the
processing of a bill horn committee to the floor, it represents real
reform that will benefit all the people of this State. A change such
as this has been advocated by Legislators, the media and good
government groups for years. Each year, many pieces of good
legislation remain in committee without any consideration. Many of
these bills contain good ideas that could pass into law if they only
received a chance.

If every member of the Legislature delivers just one bill to the floor
and has an opportunity to convince his or her colleagues of the merits
of his or her legislation, then democracy would be truly served.

This legislation will let every Legislator's voice be heard. If
enacted, this would allow the citizens of every district in this State
to hear their representative presenting a piece of legislation that is
important them.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 Session - new legislation - referred to
Investigations and Government Operations Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2519

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the legislative  law,  in  relation  to  entitling  each
  member  of  the  legislature  to bring one substantive piece of legis-
  lation of his or her choosing to the floor for a vote without  a  home
  rule message and committee review during each two-year term

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "sensible
opportunity for legislative equality (SOLE) act".
  S  2.  The  legislative law is amended by adding a new section 33-a to
read as follows:
  S 33-A.   ENTITLEMENT TO ONE SUBSTANTIVE  BILL  DURING  EACH  TWO-YEAR
TERM.   NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION TO THE CONTRARY, DURING EACH
TWO-YEAR TERM OF THE LEGISLATURE, EACH MEMBER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO  HAVE
AT  LEAST  ONE SUBSTANTIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, OF HIS OR HER CHOOSING,
EXCLUSIVE OF ANY BILL ACCOMPANIED BY A  HOME  RULE  MESSAGE,  DISCHARGED
FROM  COMMITTEE  AND BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. A MEMBER MAY BRING
SUCH BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE BY FILING A WRITTEN  NOTICE  WITH  THE
CLERK  OF SENATE DESK OPERATIONS OR THE INDEX CLERK OF THE ASSEMBLY ON A
FORM PROVIDED BY SUCH CLERK.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01224-01-3

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