senate Bill S6132

Prohibits naming a building after a public official who was responsible for securing public funds for the person or entity naming the building

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O'BRIEN

Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

Summary

Prohibits the naming of a building after a public official because such public official was responsible for securing public funds for the person or entity naming the building.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6132
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Add §79-a, Pub Off L; add §7-h, Leg L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6132

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law and the
legislative law, in relation to the prohibition of naming buildings
after public officials

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to
prohibit naming a building after a public official who was responsible
for securing public funds for the person or entity naming the
building. This will not apply to deceased or retired public officials.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the public
officers law and the legislative law by adding new sections, 79-a and
7-h, respectively. No person who is subject to the provisions of these
chapters shall have a building named or cause a building to be named
after himself or herself, while he or she holds public office, based
on the fact that such a person was responsible for securing public
funds for the person or entity involved in naming the building or for
securing public funds for the person's or entity's cause or agenda.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation prohibits the naming of a building
after an elected official that helped secure state funding for an
entity while that elected official is still in office should be
prohibited. While the elected officials responsible for securing the
funding should be commended, a structure bearing the name of that
elected official seems to imply that he/she donated their own personal
funds. Ultimately, it is the taxpayers who make such expenditures.

Further, this bill would prevent the perception of any quid pro quo
agreements between elected officials and the entities that receive
state funds. It would also serve to remove another existing advantage
that incumbent elected officials are able to enjoy in New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10293 of 2004 Referred to Government
Operations A.3424 of 2005-2006 Referred to Government Operations
A.2695 of 2007-2008 Reported to Rules S.3081 of 2009-2010 Referred to
Finance A.2839 of 2011-2012 Referred to Governmental Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  6132

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public officers law  and  the  legislative  law,  in
  relation to the prohibition of naming buildings after public officials

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

  Section 1. The public officers law is amended by adding a new  section
79-a to read as follows:
  S  79-A.    PROHIBITION  ON  THE NAMING OF BUILDINGS. NO PERSON WHO IS
SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL HAVE A BUILDING NAMED OR
CAUSE A BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER HIMSELF OR HERSELF WHILE  HE  OR  SHE
HOLDS  PUBLIC  OFFICE BASED ON THE FACT THAT SUCH PERSON WAS RESPONSIBLE
FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON OR ENTITY  INVOLVED  IN  NAMING
THE  BUILDING  OR FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON'S OR ENTITY'S
CAUSE OR AGENDA.
  S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a  new  section  7-h  to
read as follows:
  S  7-H.    PROHIBITION  ON  THE  NAMING OF BUILDINGS. NO PERSON WHO IS
SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL HAVE A BUILDING NAMED OR
CAUSE A BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER HIMSELF OR HERSELF WHILE  HE  OR  SHE
HOLDS  PUBLIC  OFFICE BASED ON THE FACT THAT SUCH PERSON WAS RESPONSIBLE
FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON OR ENTITY  INVOLVED  IN  NAMING
THE  BUILDING  OR FOR SECURING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERSON'S OR ENTITY'S
CAUSE OR AGENDA.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06556-01-3

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