senate Bill S4051

Amended

Provides for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"

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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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  • 06 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1150
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4051A

Summary

Provides for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A391
Versions:
S4051
S4051A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Elections
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S712, A1964
2009-2010: S3526, A8213

Votes

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3
6
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3
Nay
0
aye with reservations
0
absent
0
excused
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abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4051

TITLE OF BILL: An act to provide for a referendum on the question "Do
you support the division of New York into two separate states?"; and
providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OF BILL: To allow individual counties to place an initiative
on their ballot to poll their citizens as to whether they support the
division of New York into two separate states.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would permit the county board of
elections of each county in New York State, at the request of the
county legislature or other similar governing body, to place a
non-binding initiative on their county ballot, before December 31,
2014; as to whether the citizens of the county would support the
division of New York into two separate states.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: This bill creates
a new unconsolidated law which would be automatically repealed and
expire on January 1, 2015.

JUSTIFICATION: Presently, there is a large degree of apparent support
for dividing New York into two separate states, so as to separate the
distinct social and political concerns between upstate and downstate
New York. This bill would help to measure this apparent support by
permitting county boards of elections to place an initiative on their
ballot to poll the citizens of their county on this issue.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10--A8213 Referred to local governments
200708-A.6444, Referred to local governments 2005-06-A.4795, Held for
consideration in Local Governments 2003-04-A.1980/S.1044, Referred to
local governments 2001-02-A.3376/S.2012, Referred to Elections
Committee 1999-00-A.4133/S.2332, Senate Elections Committee
1997-95-A.3597/S.2229, Senate Elections Committee
1995-96-A.2501/S.1717, Senate Elections Committee
1993-94-A.3528/S.2040, Senate Rules Committee 1991-92-A.10836/S.8749,
Senate Rules Committee 1/14/12 A1964 Referred to Elections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal undetermined cost to counties to place an
initiative on the ballot.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  4051

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 6, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to provide for a referendum on the question "Do you  support  the
  division of New York into two separate states?"; 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. At the request of the county legislature or  other  similar
governing  body  of any county, there shall be submitted by the board of
elections of such county to the voters  of  such  county  at  a  general
election held on or before December 31, 2014 the following question: "Do
you support the division of New York into two separate states?"
  S  2.  Such  question shall be submitted in the manner provided in the
election law, and the provisions of such law, not inconsistent with this
act, relating to the submission of  and  to  the  taking,  counting  and
returning of the vote and canvassing the results upon a question submit-
ted  pursuant to law to the voters of the state shall apply to the ques-
tion herein required to be submitted. The ballots shall be in such  form
as  prescribed  by  such  law.  When  a  board of elections   shall have
completed its canvass of the results of the vote upon such question,  it
shall  forthwith  certify  the results of the vote upon such question to
the secretary of the senate and clerk of the assembly.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  January
1,  2015  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed
repealed.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00142-01-3

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