senate Bill S695

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Allows the governor to make proclamation of a special election to fill the office of United States senator

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 13, 2009 referred to investigations and government operations

S695 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Public Officers Law

S695 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S695

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to vacancies in
the office of United States senator


PURPOSE :
To provide for special elections to be held to fill vacancies in the
office of United States Senator.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
The bill amends the public officers law to provide that when a vacancy
occurs in the office of Unites States Senator, the governor may make a
proclamation calling for a special election to fill such office. The
special election shall be held not less than forty five nor more than
sixty days from the date of the proclamation.

EXISTING LAW :
Existing law provides that the Governor shall appoint a replacement in
the event of a vacancy in the office of United State Senator.

JUSTIFICATION :
The office of United States Senator is representative of the people of
the state and as such should always be elected by the people, even in
the case of a vacancy. An election provides confidence in our Senator
and our process.

Enactment of this measure will ensure that the office of United States
Senator is not filled by one person, the Governor, but is filled with
the benefit of voter scrutiny.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediate.
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