senate Bill S4001

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Proposes an amendment to the constitution providing the electors with the power of initiative, indirect initiative and referendum

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Jan 09, 2012 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 04, 2012 referred to judiciary
Mar 11, 2011 opinion referred to judiciary
referred to judiciary
Mar 21, 2011 to attorney-general for opinion

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S4001 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Ren Art 20 to be Art 21, add Art 20 ยงยง1 - 8, Constn
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3525

S4001 - Summary

Proposes an amendment to the constitution providing the electors with the power of initiative, indirect initiative and referendum.

S4001 - Sponsor Memo

S4001 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4001

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 11, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, GRISANTI, JOHNSON,
  LARKIN,  O'MARA,  SALAND  --  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 the constitution, in relation to providing the
  electors with the power of initiative, indirect initiative and  refer-
  endum

  Section  1.  Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That article 20 of the
constitution be renumbered to be article 21 and  a  new  article  20  be
added to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE XX
             INITIATIVE, INDIRECT INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
  SECTION  1. A. THE LEGISLATIVE POWERS OF THIS STATE SHALL BE VESTED IN
THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, BUT THE PEOPLE RESERVE TO THEMSELVES THE  POWER
TO  PROPOSE  LAWS  AND TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, AND TO
ADOPT OR REJECT THE SAME  AT  GENERAL  ELECTIONS  OR  SPECIAL  STATEWIDE
ELECTIONS  CALLED  BY  THE  GOVERNOR  FOR  THOSE PURPOSES AS HEREINAFTER
PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE.
  B. THIS ARTICLE CONFERS ON THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF  THIS  STATE  THE
POWER  TO PROPOSE LAWS AND TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND
IT IS NOT THE INTENDMENT OF THIS ARTICLE TO IN  ANY  MANNER  AFFECT  THE
PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE NINETEEN OF THIS CONSTITUTION.
  S  2.  A. AN INITIATIVE IS THE POWER OF THE ELECTORS TO PROPOSE AMEND-
MENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND TO PROPOSE LAWS AND  TO  ADOPT  OR  REJECT
THEM.
  B.  AN  INITIATIVE MEASURE MAY BE PROPOSED BY PRESENTING TO THE SECRE-
TARY OF STATE A PETITION THAT SETS FORTH THE TEXT OF A  PROPOSED  AMEND-
MENT  TO  THE CONSTITUTION AND IS CERTIFIED TO HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY ELEC-
TORS EQUAL IN NUMBER TO NINE PER CENTUM OF THE NUMBER OF VOTES CAST  FOR
ALL CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR AT THE LAST GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION.
  C.  (1)  AN  INITIATIVE  MEASURE  MAY BE PROPOSED BY PRESENTING TO THE
SECRETARY OF STATE A PETITION THAT SETS FORTH THE TEXT OF A PROPOSED LAW

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

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