senate Bill S4141

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act"

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S4141 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6470
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add §44-b, Leg L; add §170-c, Exec L

S4141 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act".

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BILL NUMBER:S4141

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the legislative law and the executive law, in relation to
enacting the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act"

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this bill is to reduce the number of bills,
reports, digests, records and various documents printed by the New
York State Legislature and establish a process to make these
documents available electronically through the websites of the New
York State Senate, Assembly and State Agencies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Establishes the title of the bill as the "Legislative
Online Digital Paperwork Reduction Act."

Section 2: States the creation of a new section, Section 44-b to
Legislative Law.

Section 44-b: Establishes that all documents produced by the
Legislature and Members of the Legislature be done electronically and
made available for printing on the websites of the State Assembly and
State Senate. This includes reports, digests and records produced by
the Legislature.

Section 3: States the creation of a new section, Section 170-c to
Executive Law.

Section 170-c: Establishes that all State Agencies shall make their
annual reports available on their websites for printing. State Agency
is defined as any department, board, bureau, commission, division,
office, council, committee or office of the state in addition to
public benefit corporations and public authorities.

Section 4: States law shall take effect on the nineteenth day after it
is signed into law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Each year, thousands of bills are introduced and every single measure
gets printed multiple times. It has been estimated that this could
save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Eliminating automatic bill printing would save money and save
resources. Instead of having all legislation and reports printed on
paper, making them available on a digital format where lawmakers can
view it on their laptops and mobile devices would deliver significant
savings. If necessary, Members of the Legislature, State Agencies and
the public could print a copy from their own computer.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation (by a
vote of 399-0) to stop the mandatory printing of congressional bills.
Several state legislatures have gone paperless or are experimenting
with going digital. They include California, Connecticut,
Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma,


Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington,
West Virginia and Wisconsin, It's estimated that Ohio has saved $1,5
million since going digital.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act will take effecton the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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

    S. 4141                                                  A. 6470

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             March 21, 2011
                               ___________

IN  SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. BALL, LIBOUS, ZELDIN -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Investigations and Government Operations

IN  ASSEMBLY  --  Introduced  by  M.  of A. TEDISCO, MALLIOTAKIS, BOYLE,
  THIELE,  AMEDORE,  McLAUGHLIN,  JORDAN,  P. LOPEZ  --  read  once  and
  referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations

AN  ACT  to amend the legislative law and the executive law, in relation
  to enacting the "legislative online digital paperwork reduction act"

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

  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "legisla-
tive online digital paperwork reduction act".
  S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new  section  44-b  to
read as follows:
  S  44-B. PRINTING OF DOCUMENTS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF
LAW, THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY SHALL MAKE ALL LEGISLATIVE REPORTS, DIGESTS
AND RECORDS AVAILABLE ON THEIR RESPECTIVE  WEBSITES  IN  A  MANNER  THAT
ALLOWS SUCH REPORTS, DIGESTS AND RECORDS TO BE PRINTED.
  S  3.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 170-c to
read as follows:
  S 170-C.  AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS. EVERY STATE AGENCY IN  THE  STATE
SHALL  MAKE  ITS ANNUAL REPORTS AND ALL OTHER PUBLIC DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE
IN A DIGITAL FORMAT ON ITS WEBSITE IN A MANNER THAT ALLOWS SUCH  REPORTS
AND  DOCUMENTS  TO  BE PRINTED. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERM "STATE
AGENCY" SHALL MEAN ANY DEPARTMENT, BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION,  DIVISION,
OFFICE,  COUNCIL,  COMMITTEE  OR  OFFICE  OF THE STATE, A PUBLIC BENEFIT
CORPORATION OR PUBLIC AUTHORITY.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09791-03-1

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