|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 09, 2012||to attorney-general for opinion|
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to judiciary|
|Apr 27, 2011||opinion referred to judiciary|
|Feb 07, 2011||to attorney-general for opinion|
|Feb 02, 2011||referred to judiciary|
senate Bill S2861
Archive: Last Bill Status -
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
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S2861 - Details
S2861 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2861 TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to sections 2 and 4 of article 3 of the constitution, in relation to the number of senators and the apportionment of senate districts PURPOSE: To change the method of apportioning State Senators. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Sections 2 and 4 of Article III of the State Constitution to award each county of the state a single Senator to represent it in the state legislature. Section 2 contains the effective date JUSTIFICATION: The "One man-one vote" 1964 Supreme Court decision of Lucas v. Colorado General Assembly invalidated the long established constitutional method of apportioning representatives to the New York state legislature. In many ways the pre Lucas methodology for apportioning representatives mirrored that prescribed in the Federal Constitution as a means to balance the interests of small densely populated regions in comparison to sparsely populated but
S2861 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2861 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 2, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to sections 2 and 4 of article 3 of the constitu- tion, in relation to the number of senators and the apportionment of senate districts Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That sections 2 and 4 of article 3 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 2. The senate shall consist of [fifty] SIXTY-TWO 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 two 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 two years. S 4. Except as herein otherwise provided, the federal census taken in the year nineteen hundred thirty and each federal census taken decenni- ally thereafter shall be controlling as to the number of inhabitants in the state or any part thereof for the purposes of the apportionment of members of assembly and readjustment or alteration of [senate and] assembly districts next occurring, in so far as such census and the tabulation thereof purport to give the information necessary therefor. The legislature, by law, shall provide for the making and tabulation by state authorities of an enumeration of the inhabitants of the entire state to be used for such purposes, instead of a federal census, if the taking of a federal census in any tenth year from the year nineteen hundred thirty be omitted or if the federal census fails to show the number of aliens or Indians not taxed. If a federal census, though giving the requisite information as to the state at large, fails to give the information as to any civil or territorial divisions which is required to be known for such purposes, the legislature, by law, shall provide for such an enumeration of the inhabitants of such parts of the EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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