senate Bill S5297

Authorizes the creation of a legislative dormitory facility; decreases legislative per diems; appropriation

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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

Summary

Authorizes the creation of a legislative dormitory facility; decreases legislative per diems; appropriates $9 million.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5297
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Add §1680-r, Pub Auth L; amd §5, Leg L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5297 REVISED 6/20/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to authorizing a dormitory facility for the legislature; to
amend the legislative law, in relation to per diems of legislative
members; and making an appropriation therefor

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation
to authorizing a dormitory facility for the legislature; to amend the
legislative law, in relation to per diems of legislative members; and
making an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize the creation of a
legislative dormitory which will eliminate the need for per diem
allowances for housing.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the public authorities law by adding a new section,
1680r.

Section 2 grants responsibility for operation and maintenance of the
dormitory facility to the New York State Dormitory Authority; allows
per. diems for food only while in travel status in the performance of
his or her duties, which would be equivalent to the most recent
federal per diem rates published by the General Services
Administration.

Section 3 appropriates the sum of nine million dollars, or so much
thereof as may be necessary, to the dormitory authority for the
purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act.

Section 4 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would modify the current system for housing
legislators while they are on government or legislative business in
Albany. It would eliminate the current per diem (housing)
reimbursement system and fund the construction of a legislative
dormitory. The dormitory would be clean and comfortable but not
extravagant, providing legislators with a safe space near the Capitol.
At the same time, the dormitory could assist the local Albany economy
by providing a use for commercial properties within walking distance
of the Capitol which have been abandoned for years - as well as
potential customers for local shops and restaurants.

Most importantly, once the dormitory construction is paid off, this
legislation will save millions of dollars annually in taxpayer.
money. The State would be expected break even on its 9 million
investment in 5 years or less.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Approximately nine million dollars to complete
construction of the dormitory with resulting savings of approximated
two to three million dollars each year thereafter.


EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately provided however that section 2 of this
act shall take effect upon the date of occupancy of the legislative
dormitory facility by members of the legislature.

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

                                  5297

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing a
  dormitory facility for the legislature; to amend the legislative  law,
  in  relation to per diems of legislative members; and making an appro-
  priation therefor

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

  Section  1.  The  public  authorities  law  is amended by adding a new
section 1680-r to read as follows:
  S 1680-R. LEGISLATIVE DORMITORY FACILITY. 1. THE AUTHORITY IS  AUTHOR-
IZED  TO  ENTER  INTO  AGREEMENTS  RELATING  TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE
ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY OR INTERESTS THEREIN, THE  CONSTRUCTION,  RECON-
STRUCTION,  REHABILITATION,  IMPROVEMENT,  EQUIPPING AND FURNISHING OF A
DORMITORY FACILITY IN ALBANY, NEW YORK FOR USE BY MEMBERS OF THE  LEGIS-
LATURE WHEN IN PERFORMANCE OF THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES.
  2.  THE  AUTHORITY  SHALL  OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THE DORMITORY FACILITY
APPROVED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 5 of the legislative law, as amended  by
section  1 of part M-1 of chapter 407 of the laws of 1999, is amended to
read as follows:
  2. Each member of the legislature shall receive [payment of actual and
necessary transportation expenses and] a per diem equivalent to the most
recent federal per diem rates published by the General Services Adminis-
tration and set forth in 41 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part  301,
App.  A, while in travel status in the performance of his or her duties;
and such other reasonable expenses as may be necessary for the  perform-
ance  of  the  member's  responsibilities as determined by the temporary
president of the senate or speaker of the assembly for their  respective
houses.  The per diem allowances, including partial per diem allowances,
shall be made pursuant to regulations promulgated by the temporary pres-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10833-01-3

S. 5297                             2

ident of the senate and the speaker of the assembly for their respective
houses, on audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers approved  by
the  temporary  president  of  the senate or his or her designee and the
speaker  of  the  assembly  or  his or her designee for their respective
houses.
  S 3. The sum of nine million dollars ($9,000,000), or so much  thereof
as  may  be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the dormitory authority
out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the cred-
it of the state purposes account, not otherwise appropriated,  and  made
immediately available, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of
this  act.  Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the
comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the dormitory  authori-
ty.
  S  4.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
section two of this act shall take effect upon the date of occupancy  of
the  legislative  dormitory  facility  by  members  of  the legislature;
provided, further, that the dormitory authority shall notify the  legis-
lative  bill drafting commission upon the occurrence of the enactment of
the legislation provided for in sections one and  two  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 effectuating the provisions of section 44 of the legisla-
tive law and section 70-b of the public officers law.

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