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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to elections|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to elections|
senate Bill S161
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S161 - Details
S161 - Summary
Relates to the procedure for filling a vacancy in the office of state senator or in the office of member of assembly; allows for independent nominating petitions to be presented and provides for a special election to be held forty-five days from the date of the governor making a proclamation for a special election.
S161 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S161 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to the procedure to fill senate and assembly vacancies PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill reforms the system of filling vacancies in the New York State legislature, by implementing nonpartisan special elections to replace the closed nomination process conducted by party committees. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision one of this section, a vacancy in the office of the state senator or in the office of member of assembly required to be filled at the next general election shall be filled by popular election in the following manner: (a) within three days of the occurrence of a vacancy, the governor shall make proclamation of a special non-partisan election to fill such office, specifying the district or county in which the election is to be held, and the day thereof, which shall be forty-five days from the date of the proclamation. (b) All nominations for elections to fill vacancies held pursuant to this subdivision shall be by independent nominating petition, such petitions to be subject to the provisions of this article pertaining
S161 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 161 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to the procedure to fill senate and assembly vacancies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 6-116 of the election law, as amended by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: S 6-116. Party nominations; election to fill a vacancy. 1. A party nomination of a candidate for election to fill a vacancy in an elective office required to be filled at the next general election, occurring after seven days before the last day for circulating designating petitions or after the holding of the meeting or convention to nominate or designate candidates for such, shall be made, after the day of the primary election, by a majority vote of a quorum of the state committee if the vacancy occurs in an office to be filled by all voters of the state, and otherwise by a majority vote of a quorum of the members of a county committee or committees last elected in the political subdivision in which such vacancy is to be filled, or by a majority of such other committee as the rules of the party may provide. A certificate of nomi- nation shall be filed as provided for [herein] IN THIS ARTICLE. 2. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR OR IN THE OFFICE OF MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY REQUIRED TO BE FILLED AT THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION SHALL BE FILLED BY POPULAR ELECTION IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER: (A) WITHIN THREE DAYS OF THE OCCURRENCE OF A VACANCY, THE GOVERNOR SHALL MAKE PROCLAMATION OF A SPECIAL NON-PARTISAN ELECTION TO FILL SUCH OFFICE, SPECIFYING THE DISTRICT OR COUNTY IN WHICH THE ELECTION IS TO BE HELD, AND THE DAY THEREOF, WHICH SHALL BE FORTY-FIVE DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE PROCLAMATION. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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