senate Bill S236A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes and directs the committee on open government to study proactive disclosure as a means of increasing transparency and access to government information

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Mar 28, 2014 print number 236a
amend and recommit to investigations and government operations
Jan 08, 2014 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 09, 2013 referred to investigations and government operations

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S236 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4364A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Officers
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S88A, A2251A
2009-2010: S3530A, A7399A

S236 - Summary

Authorizes and directs the committee on open government to study proactive disclosure as a means of increasing transparency and access to government information.

S236 - Sponsor Memo

S236 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   236

                       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 Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT in relation to authorizing and directing the  committee  on  open
  government  to  study  proactive  disclosure  as a means of increasing
  transparency and access to government information

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The  legislature  finds  that the
current freedom of information law, enacted in 1977,  has  served  as  a
critical  vehicle under which the public has gained access to records of
state and local governmental entities.  The  legislature  further  finds
that  the freedom of information law places the burden on the individual
to request information from an agency,  but  that  the  use  of  current
information  technology, combined with a commitment to proactive disclo-
sure, has the potential to provide information to the public to an  even
greater degree than does the current law.
  S 2. The New York state committee on open government is hereby author-
ized  and  directed to: (a) study the feasibility of requiring agencies,
as defined in subdivision 3 of section 86 of the public officers law, to
proactively disclose documents that are available under article 6 of the
public officers law; (b) make specific findings and  legislative  recom-
mendations  relating  to mandatory proactive disclosure by agencies; (c)
estimate the costs or savings of proactive disclosure;  and  (d)  report
its  findings to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and
the speaker of the assembly no later than January 31, 2016.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00161-01-3

S236A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4364A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Officers
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S88A, A2251A
2009-2010: S3530A, A7399A

S236A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes and directs the committee on open government to study proactive disclosure as a means of increasing transparency and access to government information.

S236A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S236A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 236--A

                       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 Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations  and
  Government  Operations  in  accordance  with  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  in  relation to authorizing and directing the committee on open
  government to study proactive disclosure  as  a  means  of  increasing
  transparency and access to government information

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

  Section 1.  Legislative  findings.  The  legislature  finds  that  the
current  freedom  of  information  law, enacted in 1977, has served as a
critical vehicle under which the public has gained access to records  of
state  and  local  governmental  entities. The legislature further finds
that the freedom of information law places the burden on the  individual
to  request  information  from  an  agency,  but that the use of current
information technology, combined with a commitment to proactive  disclo-
sure,  has the potential to provide information to the public to an even
greater degree than does the current law.
  S 2. The New York state committee on open government is hereby author-
ized and directed to: (a) study the feasibility of  requiring  agencies,
as defined in subdivision 3 of section 86 of the public officers law, to
proactively disclose documents that are available under article 6 of the
public  officers  law; (b) make specific findings and legislative recom-
mendations relating to mandatory proactive disclosure by  agencies;  (c)
estimate  the  costs  or savings of proactive disclosure; and (d) report
its findings to the governor, the temporary president of the senate  and
the speaker of the assembly no later than January 31, 2017.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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

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