senate Bill S1534

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the legislature to convene daily if they do not timely pass a budget

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S1534 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add §5-b, amd §5, Leg L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1763
2009-2010: S1127

S1534 - Bill Texts

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Provides that if the legislature does not timely pass a budget, it shall convene daily until legislative passage of such budget.

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BILL NUMBER:S1534

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the legislative law, in relation to requiring the legislature
to convene daily if the legislative passage of the budget is not timely

PURPOSE:
Requires the State Legislature to meet each day until passage of the
budget when the budget is not enacted by the April 1 deadline.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Adds a new section 5-b to the Legislative Law which provides that
after April 1, if the budget is not adopted, the Legislature shall
convene every day.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law provides that members of the Legislature do not get paid
after April 1 if the budget has not been acted on by both the Senate
and Assembly.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York has failed to adopt its budget in a timely manner every year
since 1984. This bill represents an effort to reform the process and
be responsive to the needs of the people of New York State.

While politics cannot be legislated, this bill would attempt to create
an atmosphere in which legislators would be required to meet in
session each day -- including weekends -- until the budget impasse is
resolved.

By requiring the Senate and the Assembly to convene every day from
April 1 until a budget is adopted, it is the hope of this legislation
that increased pressure, and attention, on the budget making process
will achieve a more timely resolution to budgetary discussions.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.1763- Referred to Investigations & Government Operations
2009-10: S.1127- Referred to Investigations & Government Operations
2007-08: S.2909- Referred to Investigations & Government Operations
2005-06: S.1402- Referred to Investigations & Government Operations
2003-04: S.4739- Referred to Investigations & Government Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Undetermined. Daily legislative sessions 'would result in some cost to
the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  1534

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PERKINS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, PARKER, SERRANO
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations

AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to requiring the legis-
  lature to convene daily if the legislative passage of  the  budget  is
  not timely

  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 section  5-b
to read as follows:
  S  5-B. ABSENT OF BUDGET BY THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, THE LEGISLATURE SHALL
CONVENE DAILY. IF LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET AS DEFINED IN SUBDI-
VISION THREE OF SECTION FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE HAS NOT OCCURRED  PRIOR  TO
THE  FIRST  DAY  OF ANY FISCAL YEAR, EACH HOUSE OF THE LEGISLATURE SHALL
CONVENE ON A DAILY BASIS UNTIL SUCH LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE  OF  THE  BUDGET
HAS OCCURRED.
  S  2.  Subdivision  3 of section 5 of the legislative law, as added by
chapter 635 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  3. "Legislative passage of the budget", solely  for  the  purposes  of
this  section  and [section] SECTIONS five-a AND FIVE-B of this article,
shall mean that the appropriation bill or bills submitted by the  gover-
nor pursuant to section three of article seven of the state constitution
have  been finally acted on by both houses of the legislature in accord-
ance with article seven of the state constitution and  the  state  comp-
troller  has  determined that such appropriation bill or bills that have
been finally acted on by the legislature are sufficient for the  ongoing
operation  and  support of state government and local assistance for the
ensuing fiscal year. In addition, legislation submitted by the  governor
pursuant  to  section  three  of article seven of the state constitution
determined necessary by the legislature for the effective implementation

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04208-01-3

S. 1534                             2

of such appropriation bill or bills shall have been acted on. Nothing in
this section shall be construed to affect the prohibition  contained  in
section five of article seven of the state constitution.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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