senate Bill S7109

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Relates to publishing records of public interest by agencies and the legislature

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 18, 2010 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 15, 2010 ordered to third reading cal.261
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 12, 2010 referred to investigations and government operations

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S7109 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10314
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §84, add §90, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S393, A5867
2013-2014: S3438, A107
2015-2016: S2675, A5761
2017-2018: S4586, A4356, A9738
2019-2020: S1630, A121

S7109 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to publishing records of public interest by agencies and the legislature on their websites.

S7109 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7109 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7109

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 12, 2010
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the public  officers  law,  in  relation  to  publishing
  records of public interest by agencies and the state legislature

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

  Section 1. Section 84 of the public officers law, as added by  chapter
933 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
  S 84. Legislative  declaration.  The  legislature  hereby finds that a
free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible
to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The
more open a government is with its citizenry,  the  greater  the  under-
standing and participation of the public in government.
  As  state  and  local government services increase and public problems
become more sophisticated and complex and therefore harder to solve, and
with the resultant increase in revenues and expenditures, it  is  incum-
bent  upon  the state and its localities to extend public accountability
wherever and whenever feasible.
  The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making
and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations  is
basic  to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted
by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality.
  SINCE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION  LAW,  ADVANCES  IN  TECHNOLOGY  HAVE
ENHANCED  THE  ABILITY  TO  GAIN ACCESS TO AND WIDELY DISSEMINATE PUBLIC
INFORMATION.  ACCORDINGLY, THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT  GOVERNMENT  AGEN-
CIES,  TO  THE  EXTENT  PRACTICABLE,  SHOULD PUBLISH RECORDS THAT ARE OF
PUBLIC INTEREST AND AVAILABLE UNDER  THIS  ARTICLE  PROACTIVELY  ON  THE
INTERNET.
  The  legislature  therefore  declares  that government is the public's
business and that the public, individually and collectively and  repres-
ented  by  a free press, should have access to the records of government
in accordance with the provisions of this article.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD16296-02-0

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