senate Bill S712

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states? "

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    • Passed Assembly
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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
Jan 05, 2011 referred to elections

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S712 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1964
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Elections
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3526, A8213

S712 - Bill Texts

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Provides for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"

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BILL NUMBER:S712

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to provide for a referendum on the question "Do you support the
division of New York into two
separate states?"; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
To allow individual counties to place an initiative on their ballot to
poll their citizens as to whether they support the division of New
York into two separate states.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill would permit the county board of elections of each county in
New York State, at the request of the county legislature or other
similar governing body, to place a non-binding initiative on their
county ballot, before December 31, 2011, as to whether the citizens
of the county would support the division of New York into two
separate states.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
This bill creates a new unconsolidated law which would be
automatically repealed and expire on January 1, 2012.

JUSTIFICATION:
Presently, there is a large degree of apparent support for dividing
New York into two separate states, so as to separate the distinct
social and political concerns between upstate and downstate New York.
This bill would help to measure this apparent support by permitting
county boards of elections to place an initiative on their ballot to
poll the citizens of their county on this issue.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009 - 2010 Referred to Senate Elections Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal undetermined cost to counties to place an initiative on the
ballot.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately, with provisions.

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

                                   712

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to provide for a referendum on the question "Do you  support  the
  division of New York into two separate states?"; and providing for the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. At the request of the county legislature or  other  similar
governing  body  of any county, there shall be submitted by the board of
elections of such county to the voters  of  such  county  at  a  general
election held on or before December 31, 2012 the following question: "Do
you support the division of New York into two separate states?"
  S  2.  Such  question shall be submitted in the manner provided in the
election law, and the provisions of such law, not inconsistent with this
act, relating to the submission of  and  to  the  taking,  counting  and
returning of the vote and canvassing the results upon a question submit-
ted  pursuant to law to the voters of the state shall apply to the ques-
tion herein required to be submitted. The ballots shall be in such  form
as  prescribed  by  such  law.  When  a  board of elections   shall have
completed its canvass of the results of the vote upon such question,  it
shall  forthwith  certify  the results of the vote upon such question to
the secretary of the senate and clerk of the assembly.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  January
1,  2013  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed
repealed.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01938-01-1

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