senate Bill S725

Amended

Increases the terms of office of members of the legislature to four years

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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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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 06 / Feb / 2013
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • 19 / Feb / 2014
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 21 / Feb / 2014
    • OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.276
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 725A
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS

Summary

Increases the terms of office of members of the legislature to four years; provided that in all legislative terms that commence immediately following a decennial census year, the terms shall be two years.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S725
S725A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 3 ยง2, Constn
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S3299

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S725

TITLE OF BILL:
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 3 of the constitution, in
relation to increasing the terms of office of members of the legislature
to four years

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create a legislative term of 4 years rather than the current 2 year
term.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 2 of article 3 of the constitution to
increase the current legislative term from 2 years to four years
commencing in 2016.

JUSTIFICATION:
The purpose of this bill is to lessen the difficulties placed on the
legislative process by the electoral pressures exerted by the
existing two-year legislative terms. The current two-year terms were
introduced at a time when people interested in serving in the
legislature were not required to marshal anywhere near the amount of
resources required today to run for a legislative office. They were
also instituted when the role of government in society was not nearly
as extensive as it is today.

By instituting four-year terms, this bill would create the space
wherein the inherent tension created by needing to balance
legislative imperatives with electoral imperatives would lessen
significantly. It would thereby allow the legislature to deal with
each issue before it in a more deliberate and measured manner.

In addition, such a change will save the tax payers significant sums
as a result of not having to fund an election every two years for the
state legislature.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.3299

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This amendment would take effect after approval of the voters
by referendum.

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

                                   725

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. AVELLA, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 3 of the constitution, in
  relation to increasing the terms of office of members of the  legisla-
  ture to four years

  Section  1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 2 of arti-
cle 3 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
  S 2. The senate shall consist of fifty members, except as  hereinafter
provided.  The  senators [elected in the year one thousand eight hundred
and ninety-five shall hold their offices  for  three  years,  and  their
successors]  shall be [chosen] ELECTED for TERMS OF two years; PROVIDED,
THAT SENATORS ELECTED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSEQUENT
YEARS THEREAFTER SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES FOR FOUR YEARS.  The  assembly
shall  consist  of  one  hundred and fifty members. The assembly members
[elected in the year one thousand nine  hundred  and  thirty-eight,  and
their  successors,]  shall  be  [chosen] ELECTED for TERMS OF two years;
PROVIDED, THAT ASSEMBLY MEMBERS ELECTED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN
AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS THEREAFTER SHALL HOLD  THEIR  OFFICES  FOR  FOUR
YEARS.
  S  2.  Resolved  (if  the Assembly concur), That the provisions of the
foregoing amendments shall apply only  to  terms  of  office  commencing
after  such  amendments shall have been adopted pursuant to section 1 of
article 19 of the constitution.
  S 3. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing  amendments
be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election of the members of the assembly, and, in
conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
published for three months previous to the time of such election.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD89042-01-3

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