senate Bill S5257

Authorizes an agency in a city with a population of one million or more to send notices, bills and other communications by electronic means

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  • 15 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1082
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.771
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Authorizes an agency in a city with a population of one million or more to send notices, bills and other communications by electronic means.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8050
Versions:
S5257
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
State Technology Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง310, St Tech L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4779

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BILL NUMBER:S5257

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state technology law, in relation
to sending notices, bills and other communications by electronic means
in a city with a population of one million or more

PURPOSE:

To authorize any city with a population of one million or more to,
with the recipient's prior authorization, to electronically send
bills, notices and other communications to such recipient.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds a new Section 310 to Article 3 of the State
Technology Law (the "Electronic Signatures and Records Act") to
authorize an agency in a city with a population of one million or more
to send notices, bills and other communications by electronic means to
any person who has authorized it to do so. Any law that requires the
mailing of a notice, bill or other communication will be deemed to
include electronic transmittal to a person who has authorized such
transmission. Electronic transmittal will have the same force and
effect as any notice, bill or other communication sent by mail. In
addition, with respect to a person who has authorized an agency to
send notices, bills or other communications by electronic means, any
references in any law to the recipient's "last known address" shall be
deemed to refer to his or her last known electronic mailing address.

Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:

Currently, cities with a population of one million or more are not
authorized to send bills, notices or other communications to any
person who has authorized the city to deliver such bills, notices and
other communications electronically.

JUSTIFICATION:

Authorizing New York City to transmit communications electronically to
those who choose to receive them by this means would bring government
communications into alignment with what is now common practice in
commerce. Pursuant to this bill, electronic transmittal of notices,
bills, and communications would only be made to those people who
authorize such electronic communications. By authorizing the
transmittal of notices, bills and communications electronically in
lieu of traditional mail, this bill would permit the City to
significantly reduce its expenditures on mail.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: S.4779 - 3rd Reading
2011: S.4779 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State


LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

New York City would realize sayings due to a reduction in the mailing
of bills, notices and other communications.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5257

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  state  technology  law,  in relation to sending
  notices, bills and other communications by electronic means in a  city
  with a population of one million or more

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

  Section 1. The state technology law is amended by adding a new section
310 to read as follows:
  S 310. ELECTRONIC NOTICING. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION  OF
THIS  ARTICLE  OR ANY OTHER LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, ANY
AGENCY OF A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE MAY  SEND  ANY
NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION BY ELECTRONIC MEANS IF THE PERSON TO
WHOM  THE  NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION IS TO BE SENT HAS AUTHOR-
IZED THE AGENCY TO SEND SUCH NOTICES, BILLS AND/OR OTHER  COMMUNICATIONS
BY ELECTRONIC MEANS.
  2.  IN  ANY  LAW,  RULE  OR  REGULATION  THAT REQUIRES OR AUTHORIZES A
NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO BE MAILED, THE REFERENCE TO  MAIL
SHALL  BE  DEEMED TO INCLUDE ELECTRONIC TRANSMITTAL OF SUCH NOTICE, BILL
OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO ANY PERSON WHO HAS AUTHORIZED  THE  AGENCY  TO
SEND  NOTICES,  BILLS  AND/OR  OTHER  COMMUNICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, AND ANY NOTICE, BILL  OR  OTHER  COMMUNICATION
SENT  BY ELECTRONIC MEANS TO SUCH A PERSON SHALL HAVE THE SAME FORCE AND
EFFECT AS ANY NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION SENT BY MAIL.
  3. IN ANY LAW, RULE  OR  REGULATION  THAT  REQUIRES  OR  AUTHORIZES  A
NOTICE,  BILL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION TO BE SENT, A REFERENCE TO THE LAST
KNOWN ADDRESS SHALL BE DEEMED TO REFER  TO  THE  LAST  KNOWN  ELECTRONIC
MAILING  ADDRESS OF ANY PERSON WHO HAS AUTHORIZED THE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE
FOR SENDING THE NOTICE, BILL OR OTHER  COMMUNICATION  TO  SEND  NOTICES,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07376-01-3

S. 5257                             2

BILLS  AND/OR  OTHER COMMUNICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION.
  4.  ANY LAW, RULE OR REGULATION THAT, AS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
SECTION, AUTHORIZES AN AGENCY TO SEND BILLS, NOTICES OR  OTHER  COMMUNI-
CATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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