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senate Bill S1731
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S1731 - Details
S1731 - Summary
Relates to the apportionment of senate and assembly districts in the state; requires the population equality of such districts to be within one percent standard deviation.
S1731 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1731 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state law, in relation to apportionment of senate and assembly districts in the state PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish equitable population parameters for apportioning state senate and assembly districts every ten years following the U.S. Census. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require a state legislative apportionment body (committee, commission, or otherwise stated) to operate within the purview of a population deviation no greater or less than IA of mean population for all districts. JUSTIFICATION: The current reapportionment process exposes the New York State legislature to inequitable population disparity between districts by allowing a population deviation of 596-. This disparity has encouraged gerrymandering and unfair weight of representation due to unreasonably high population disparities between districts. Congressional districts are required to be within a population deviation of 1.96 and it is time for New York State to follow this
S1731 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1731 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investi- gations and Government Operations AN ACT to amend the state law, in relation to apportionment of senate and assembly districts in the state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision b of section 127 of the state law, as added by chapter 16 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: b. It is intended that this article and the districts described there- in completely encompass all the area within the state. It is further intended that the apportionment and districting provided for [in this article result in the creation of districts which are substantially equal in population and] contain all inhabitants in this state, based on the Federal Census of two thousand ten, as adjusted pursuant to the provisions of part XX of chapter fifty-seven of the laws of two thousand ten AND EACH FEDERAL CENSUS TAKEN DECENNIALLY THEREAFTER. It is also intended that no district shall include any of the area included within the description of any other district. DISTRICTS DESCRIBED WITHIN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION TWO OF ARTICLE ONE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, SECTIONS FOUR AND FIVE OF ARTICLE THREE OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION AND IN A MANNER THAT ENSURES THE FAIR AND EFFEC- TIVE REPRESENTATION FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING RACIAL, ETHNIC AND LANGUAGE MINORITY GROUPS, AND ADHERE TO ALL STANDARDS AND PRACTICES SET FORTH IN THE FEDERAL VOTING RIGHTS ACT (42 U.S.C. SS1971 ET. SEQ.) AND OTHER RELEVANT FEDERAL REGULATIONS. THE STATE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS SHALL: (1) BE DRAWN TO KEEP INTACT WITHIN A SINGLE DISTRICT THOSE NEIGHBOR- HOODS AND COMMUNITIES WITH ESTABLISHED TIES OF COMMON INTEREST AND ASSO- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02623-01-3
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