senate Bill S3412

Amended

Relates to voting by the legislature during certain hours

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3412A

Summary

Prohibits voting by the legislature between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7103
Versions:
S3412
S3412A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add §49, Leg L

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3412

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
prohibiting voting on legislation during certain times

PURPOSE: To require that the state legislature only vote on legislation
during the light of day to ensure open and transparent legislative
actions and opportunity for public awareness of the proceedings.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill Prohibits either house of the New York
State Legislature from voting on legislation after 9:00 p.m. and before
9:00 a.m. The bill exempts votes on procedural matters. The bill would
rake effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under existing law, the state legislature may take a vote
on significant state matters at any time. As a result, many laws that
significantly impact the lives of New Yorkers occur while they are
asleep.

JUSTIFICATION: The work of legislature is to accomplish the peoples'
business, it should therefore occur under the watchful eye of the
People. However, many votes on issues that will have an immediate impact
on New Yorker's lives occur in the dead of night. These kinds of bills
drive a stake through the heart of democracy.

This bill will keep vampire bills from being passed in the middle of the
night when controversial bills seem to come alive; bills that would
wither and die if they were exposed to sunlight and citizens would have
time to look at them. No bill, no matter what the issue should be
brought to the floor close to, or even worse after, midnight when most
people are asleep.

No bill will be voted on between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Votes must not
occur in dark of night because in most cases when the bills see the
light of day they wither and day.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3412

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- 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  prohibiting  voting
  on legislation during certain times

  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  "vampire
voting act of 2013".
  S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 49 to read
as follows:
  S  49.  VOTING  PROHIBITED  DURING CERTAIN HOURS. NEITHER HOUSE OF THE
LEGISLATURE SHALL CONDUCT A VOTE ON ANY  MATTER,  EXCEPT  FOR  VOTES  ON
PROCEDURAL  MATTERS, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF NINE O'CLOCK POST MERIDIAN AND
NINE O'CLOCK ANTEMERIDIAN.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08200-01-3

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