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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to corporations, authorities and commissions|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to corporations, authorities and commissions|
senate Bill S831
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S831 - Details
S831 - Summary
Prohibits the use of funds and property by any member, officer or employee of any public authority or commission to influence votes or the outcome of an election; does not prohibit the renting of authority or commission space for political advertisements where such space is customarily open to the public or qualifies as public forum space, or to make space available at cost or no cost if it is customarily rented or made available at no cost.
S831 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S831 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting the use of authority funds and property to influence the outcome of an election SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a new section. 289O-a. This bill will prohibit any member of a public authority or commission, of officer or employee thereof, from using or authorizing the use of authority funds or property for the purpose of influencing the vote or political action of any citizen or authority employes in relation to nomination or election to public or party office, or the outcome of any constitutional amendment, proposition or other question submitted to the voters at any election. However, nothing in this bill will prohibit an authority or commission or officer or employee thereof from renting authority or commission space if such space is customarily rented, or make space available at no cost if such space is customarily made available at no cost, for political advertisements. JUSTIFICATION: During the early 1970s public authority property was used to influence the passage of a transportation bond issue. The
S831 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 831 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting the use of authority funds and property to influence the outcome of an election THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 2890-a to read as follows: S 2890-A. USE OF AUTHORITY FUNDS AND PROPERTY PROHIBITED FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES. NO MEMBER OF AN AUTHORITY OR COMMISSION, HERETOFORE AND HERE- AFTER CONTINUED OR CREATED BY THIS CHAPTER, OR OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE THEREOF, SHALL USE OR AUTHORIZE THE USE OF AUTHORITY FUNDS OR PROPERTY FOR THE PURPOSE OF INFLUENCING THE VOTE OR POLITICAL ACTION OF ANY CITI- ZEN OR AUTHORITY EMPLOYEE IN RELATION TO NOMINATION OR ELECTION TO PUBLIC OR PARTY OFFICE, OR THE OUTCOME OF ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, PROPOSITION OR OTHER QUESTION SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS AT ANY ELECTION. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL, HOWEVER, RESTRICT THE RIGHT OF THE AUTHORITY OR COMMISSION TO SELL ADVERTISING SPACE IF SUCH SPACE IS CUSTOMARILY SOLD FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, NOR RESTRICT THE RIGHT OF THE AUTHORITY TO RENT PHYSICAL SPACE IF SUCH SPACE IS CUSTOMARILY RENTED OR TO MAKE SPACE AVAILABLE AT NO COST IF SUCH SPACE IS CUSTOMAR- ILY MADE AVAILABLE AT NO COST. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL GIVE THE AUTHORITY THE RIGHT TO PREVENT LAWFUL PUBLIC ASSEMBLY ON AUTHORITY PROPERTY IF SUCH PROPERTY OR PORTION THEREOF IS CUSTOMARILY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR QUALIFIES AS PUBLIC FORUM SPACE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02772-01-1
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