senate Bill S811

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the definition of a public body pursuant to the open meetings law

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to investigations and government operations
Jun 24, 2011 committed to rules
May 16, 2011 advanced to third reading
May 11, 2011 2nd report cal.
May 10, 2011 1st report cal.588
Jan 05, 2011 referred to investigations and government operations

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May 10, 2011 - Investigations and Government Operations committee Vote

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S811 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A522
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง120, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1720, A4634

S811 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the definition of a public body pursuant to the open meetings law; includes any advisory committee to a public body, whether created by such public body or created pursuant to federal, state or local law.

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BILL NUMBER:S811

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public officers law, in relation to the definition of a
public body pursuant to the open meetings law

PURPOSE:
Relates to the definition of a public body pursuant to the open
meetings law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 2 of section 102 of the public officers law, as amended by
chapter 704 of the laws of 1979 and such section as renumbered by
chapter 652 of the laws of 1983, is amended.

JUSTIFICATION:
Under current law, any public body that is comprised of public
officers and possesses decision-making authority, is subject to the
open meetings law. However, many times local government officials
appoint and/or create committees, often adversary in nature, who hold
routine meetings and have legitimate guidelines and mission they must
adhere to. These committees that are appointed by a public body are
not subject to the open meetings law.

It is the goal of this legislation to create greater transparency with
regard to government appointed entities who by nature, advise said
government on local matters.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.1720

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

    S. 811                                                    A. 522

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

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

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Investi-
  gations and Government Operations

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once  and  referred
  to the Committee on Governmental Operations

AN  ACT  to amend the public officers law, in relation to the definition
  of a public body pursuant to the open meetings law

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 102 of the public officers law, as
amended  by  chapter  704 of the laws of 1979 and such section as renum-
bered by chapter 652 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
  2. "Public body" means any entity, for which a quorum is  required  in
order  to  conduct  public  business  and  which consists of two or more
members, performing a governmental function for  the  state  or  for  an
agency  or department thereof, or for a public corporation as defined in
section sixty-six of the  general  construction  law,  or  committee  or
subcommittee  or  other similar body of such public body.  A PUBLIC BODY
SHALL ALSO INCLUDE ANY ADVISORY COMMITTEE  TO  A  PUBLIC  BODY,  WHETHER
CREATED  BY  SUCH  PUBLIC BODY OR CREATED PURSUANT TO FEDERAL, STATE, OR
LOCAL LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03741-01-1

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