senate Bill S611

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for creation of a legislative budget office

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 05, 2011 referred to investigations and government operations

S611 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2838
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 5-C ยงยง88-k & 88-l, Leg L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S6233, A1896

S611 - Bill Texts

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Provides for creation of a non-partisan legislative budget office to perform budget analysis to determine the funding levels necessary to the operation of governmental departments and programs and render anticipated revenue estimates for each fiscal year, examine and review all financial information of the state for the purpose of rendering revenue estimates used in determining whether the proposed state budget is balanced, be charged with the duty of rendering anticipated revenue forecast reports to the legislature and the governor for the purposes of facilitating passage of the state budget in a timely manner, provide assistance in determining the fiscal impact of proposed legislation, and submit to the state legislature written estimates of anticipated state revenues on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year.

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BILL NUMBER:S611

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the legislative law, in relation to creation of the legislative
budget office

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Allows for a non-partisan budget
office to be established. This office would be similar
to that of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office
that would perform budget analysis for
both Houses of the State Legislature.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The legislative law is amended by adding a new article 5-c.

JUSTIFICATION:
One of the reasons for delay in meeting state budget
deadlines is that the Assembly, the Senate, and the Governor each
have their own fiscal staffs which, more often than not, disagree on
state revenue estimates for the upcoming fiscal year. In recent
years, these disagreements in state budget revenue estimates have
stalled budget negotiations because money cannot be accurately
allocated to different state agencies and among state programs when
there is no agreed upon estimate of anticipated revenue.

The establishment of a Legislative Budget office should help to
eliminate the partisan effect of the Senate and the Assembly fiscal
staffs and ensure that both houses are using the same set of
numbers. Because the office would be non-partisan, estimates
developed would be based on economic reality - not political
expediency. The use of the U.S. congressional Budget Office has
helped to alleviate at least some of the delays that have occurred in
negotiating the Federal budget. It is hoped that this bill could do
the same for the State Budget.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.3953 of 2001-2002
A.572 of 2003-2004
A.1003 of 2005-2006
A.2675 of 2007-2008
S.6233 of 2009-2010 - Referred to Investigations & Government Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Would not require additional funding because the
money currently being spent for budget analysis for Senate Finance
and Assembly Ways and Means committee could be used.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediate.

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

                                   611

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KLEIN  -- 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 legislative law, in  relation  to  creation  of  the
  legislative budget office

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

  Section 1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new article  5-C
to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 5-C
                        LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE
SECTION 88-K. NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE.
        88-L.  POWERS  AND DUTIES OF THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET
               OFFICE.
  S 88-K.  NON-PARTISAN  LEGISLATIVE  BUDGET  OFFICE.  THERE  IS  HEREBY
CREATED A NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE.
  S  88-L.  POWERS  AND  DUTIES  OF  THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET
OFFICE.  1. THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE  BUDGET  OFFICE  SHALL  PERFORM
BUDGET  ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE THE FUNDING LEVELS NECESSARY TO THE OPERA-
TION OF GOVERNMENTAL DEPARTMENTS AND  PROGRAMS  AND  RENDER  ANTICIPATED
REVENUE  ESTIMATES FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR. SUCH REVENUE ESTIMATES SHALL BE
USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING BUDGET EXPENDITURES.
  2. THE DIRECTOR OF THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE  BUDGET  OFFICE  SHALL
EXAMINE  AND  REVIEW  ALL  FINANCIAL  INFORMATION  OF  THE STATE FOR THE
PURPOSE OF RENDERING REVENUE ESTIMATES USED IN DETERMINING  WHETHER  THE
PROPOSED STATE BUDGET IS BALANCED.
  3.  THE  NON-PARTISAN  LEGISLATIVE  BUDGET OFFICE SHALL BE HEADED BY A
DIRECTOR WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE  AND
ASSEMBLY  FOR  A  TERM  OF FIVE YEARS. HE OR SHE SHALL DEVOTE HIS OR HER
FULL TIME AND EFFORT TO THE OFFICE OF DIRECTOR AND HE OR SHE SHALL  HOLD

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04910-01-1

S. 611                              2

NO  OTHER PUBLIC OFFICE. THE DIRECTOR SHALL RECEIVE SUCH COMPENSATION AS
MAY BE FIXED BY THE OFFICE. THE DIRECTOR MAY  APPOINT  BUDGET  ANALYSTS,
ASSISTANTS  AND  SUCH OTHER EMPLOYEES AS HE OR SHE MAY DEEM NECESSARY OR
DESIRABLE,  PRESCRIBE THEIR DUTIES AND FIX THEIR COMPENSATION WITHIN THE
AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED AND MADE AVAILABLE THEREFOR.
  4. THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE SHALL  BE  CHARGED  WITH
THE DUTY OF RENDERING ANTICIPATED REVENUE FORECAST REPORTS TO THE LEGIS-
LATURE  AND THE GOVERNOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF FACILITATING PASSAGE OF THE
STATE BUDGET IN A TIMELY MANNER. THE  DIRECTOR  MAY  REQUEST  AND  SHALL
RECEIVE  FROM ALL PUBLIC OFFICERS, DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES AND AUTHORITIES
OF THE STATE AND ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, SUCH ASSISTANCE AND DATA AS
SHALL BE NECESSARY TO PROJECT ANTICIPATED STATE REVENUES  FOR  BUDGETARY
PURPOSES.
  5. THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE
IN DETERMINING THE FISCAL IMPACT OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION.
  6.  THE  NON-PARTISAN  LEGISLATIVE  BUDGET  OFFICE SHALL SUBMIT TO THE
LEGISLATURE WRITTEN ESTIMATES OF ANTICIPATED STATE REVENUES  ON  JANUARY
FIFTEENTH, APRIL FIFTEENTH, JULY FIFTEENTH AND OCTOBER FIFTEENTH OF EACH
YEAR.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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