senate Bill S21

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Increases the term of office of members of the legislature to 4 years; limits statewide elected officers and legislators to 3 consecutive 4 year terms

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Feb 09, 2010 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 12, 2010 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 06, 2010 referred to judiciary
Feb 19, 2009 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 21, 2009 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 07, 2009 referred to judiciary

S21 - Bill Details

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A4145
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Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend

S21 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S21

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 and limiting the terms of office as a member of the
legislature any person may serve; proposing an amendment to section 1
of article 4 of the constitution, in relation to limiting the terms of
office as governor or lieutenant governor any person may serve; and
proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 5 of the constitution,
in relation to limiting the terms of office as comptroller or
attorney-general any person may serve


PURPOSE:
This legislation aims to expand and limit legislative terms in an
attempt to reform state government. The 12 consecutive years provided
by this amendment would allow elected officials to accrue seniority
without remaining so long as to constrict the influx of new people and
ideas into New York State Government.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This legislation would amend section 2 of article 3 of the
constitution in relation to increasing the terms of office of members
of the legislature to four years and limiting the terms of office as a
member of the legislature any person may serve; proposing an amendment
to section 1 of article 4 of the constitution, in relation to limiting
the terms of office as governor or lieutenant governor any person may
serve; and proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 5 of the
constitution, in relation to limiting the terms of office as
comptroller or attorney-general any person may serve.

JUSTIFICATION:
The people of New York State have continually called for reform in its
state government, and the expansion and limitation of terms would be
an effective manner by which to bring about the desired changes. The
two-year legislative terms for which the Constitution presently
provides are not efficient, as members must constantly campaign. A
four-year legislative term would allow lawmakers to concentrate more
fully on that which they are elected to do instead of focusing on
campaigning for reelection every two years. The three consecutive
term limit for statewide positions would force a turnover of fresh
ideas and officials within New York State Government. The rationale
behind limiting the amount of terms to three is that twelve years is
sufficient time to advocate for that legislation which is of
particular importance to each elected official before allowing another
individual twelve years to pursue his or her political agenda, as best
to serve the constituents of each district. This constant churning of
the legislature would allow issues and voices of more New Yorkers to
be heard, as well as trigger a sense of urgency to enact important
policy concerns into law.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.





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