senate Bill S3081A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by means of e-mail

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 10, 2014 referred to local governments
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 28, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 21, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 20, 2014 1st report cal.882
Jan 29, 2014 print number 3081a
amend and recommit to local government
Jan 08, 2014 referred to local government
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 30, 2013 referred to local governments
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 29, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.810
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 29, 2013 referred to local government

Votes

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May 20, 2014 - Local Government committee Vote

S3081A
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committee
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Local Government Committee Vote: May 20, 2014

May 29, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S3081
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committee
24
Aye
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Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

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Co-Sponsors

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S3081 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6007A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Municipal Home Rule Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §20, Munic Home R L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S800, A1741
2009-2010: S4677, A7469

S3081 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by means of e-mail.

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BILL NUMBER:S3081

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the municipal home rule law, in
relation to authorizing the electronic transmission of proposed local
laws to members of a local legislative body

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Authorizes local governments to
deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by
means of email.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Outlines the methods in which proposed local laws shall be
introduced to members of a local legislative body. Includes email of
the proposed local law in Portable Document Format (PDF) as an
acceptable method of notice of introduction to other members of the
local legislative body, which is required for passage. Outlines roles
that must be followed in order for email to be acceptable.

Section 2. States that the act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: In today's world, email and the internet in general
have become a primary means of communication and correspondence
between billions of people around the world. New York State Municipal
Home Rule Law Article 3, Section 20, Subsection 4 says that the only
option of delivery of a proposed local law are "on the desks of it
members" or "by mail to the members' mailing addresses."

This legislation would allow the use of email as a means of delivery
of a proposed local law in its final form to the members of a local
legislative body. It is important to note that this would add to the
allowable options currently outlined in NYS Municipal Home Rule Law.
This legislation would not remove any current options.

With a vast majority of people having computers and internet access in
their homes, it is only appropriate that email become a utilized form
of communication and delivery of proposed local laws.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011,2012: S,800/A.1741 Passed Senate
2009,2010; S.4677/A.7469 Referred to Local Government 2008:
S.7669/A.10601 Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This Act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  3081

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  YOUNG,  BONACIC,  DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, MARTINS,
  O'MARA, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN  ACT to amend the municipal home rule law, in relation to authorizing
  the electronic transmission of proposed local laws  to  members  of  a
  local legislative body

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 20 of the municipal home rule law,
as amended by chapter 45 of the laws of 1974,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  4.  A  proposed  local  law  may be introduced only by a member of the
legislative body at a meeting of  such  body  or  as  may  be  otherwise
prescribed  by  the  rules of procedure adopted by the legislative body.
No such local law shall be passed until it shall have been in its  final
form  and  either  (a)  upon  the desks or table of the members at least
seven calendar days, exclusive of Sunday, prior to its final passage, or
(b) mailed to each of them in postpaid properly addressed  and  securely
closed  envelopes or wrappers in a post box or post office of the United
States post office department within the local government at  least  ten
calendar  days,  exclusive of Sunday, prior to its final passage, OR (C)
E-MAILED TO THE E-MAIL IN-BOX OF EACH OF THEM IN THE  PORTABLE  DOCUMENT
FORMAT  (PDF)  AT LEAST TEN CALENDAR DAYS, EXCLUSIVE OF SUNDAY, PRIOR TO
ITS FINAL PASSAGE, PROVIDED THAT (I) THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS DOCUMENTED
THAT EACH MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, (II) THE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS PUBLISHED SUCH E-MAIL ADDRESS ON THE BULLETIN BOARD
OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT  CLERK,  AND  (III)  THE  LEGISLATIVE  BODY  HAS
ADOPTED  A  RESOLUTION  AUTHORIZING SUCH ELECTRONIC DELIVERY; unless the
elective or appointive chief executive officer,  if  there  be  one,  or
otherwise  the  chairman  of  the board of supervisors, in the case of a
county, the mayor in the case of a city or village or the supervisor  in

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06882-01-3

S. 3081                             2

the  case  of  a  town  shall have certified as to the necessity for its
immediate passage and such local law be passed by the  affirmative  vote
of two-thirds of the total voting power of the legislative body.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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S3081A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6007A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Municipal Home Rule Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §20, Munic Home R L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S800, A1741
2009-2010: S4677, A7469

S3081A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Authorizes local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by means of e-mail.

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BILL NUMBER:S3081A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the municipal home rule law, in
relation to authorizing the electronic transmission of proposed local
laws to members of a local legislative body

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Authorizes local governments to
deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by
means of email.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Outlines the methods in which proposed local laws shall be
introduced to members of a local legislative body. Includes email of
the proposed local law in Portable Document Format (PDF) as an
acceptable method of notice of introduction to other members of the
local legislative body, which is required for passage. Outlines roles
that must be followed in order for email to be acceptable.

Section 2. States that the act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: In today's world, email and the internet in general
have become a primary means of communication and correspondence
between billions of people around the world. New York State Municipal
Home Rule Law Article 4, Section 20, Subsection 4 says that the only
option of delivery of a proposed local law are "on the desks of it
members" or "by mail to the members' mailing addresses."

This legislation would allow the use of email as a means of delivery
of a proposed local law in its final form to the members of a local
legislative body. It is important to note that this would add to the
allowable options currently outlined in NYS Municipal Home Rule Law.
This legislation would not remove any current options.

With a vast majority of people having computers and internet access in
their homes, it is only appropriate that email become a utilized form
of communication and delivery of proposed local laws.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: S.3081/A.6007 Passed the Senate
2011,2012: S.800/A.1741 Passed the Senate 2009,2010: S.4677/A.7469
Referred to local Government 2008: S.7669/A.10601 Passed the Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This Act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 3081--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  YOUNG,  BONACIC,  DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, MARTINS,
  O'MARA, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and
  when  printed  to be committed to the Committee on Local Government --
  recommitted to the Committee on Local Government  in  accordance  with
  Senate  Rule  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the municipal home rule law, in relation to  authorizing
  the  electronic  transmission  of  proposed local laws to members of a
  local legislative body

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 20 of the municipal home rule law,
as  amended  by  chapter  426 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as
follows:
  4. A proposed local law may be introduced only  by  a  member  of  the
legislative  body  at  a  meeting  of  such  body or as may be otherwise
prescribed by the rules of procedure adopted by the legislative body. No
such local law shall be passed until it shall have  been  in  its  final
form  and  either  (a)  upon the desks or tables of the members at least
seven calendar days, exclusive of Sunday, prior to its final passage, or
(b) mailed to each of them in postpaid properly addressed  and  securely
closed  envelopes or wrappers in a post box or post office of the United
States post office department within the local government at  least  ten
calendar  days,  exclusive of Sunday, prior to its final passage, OR (C)
E-MAILED TO THE E-MAIL IN-BOX OF EACH OF THEM IN THE  PORTABLE  DOCUMENT
FORMAT  (PDF)  AT LEAST TEN CALENDAR DAYS, EXCLUSIVE OF SUNDAY, PRIOR TO
ITS FINAL PASSAGE, PROVIDED THAT (I) THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS DOCUMENTED
THAT EACH MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, (II) THE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS PUBLISHED SUCH E-MAIL ADDRESS ON THE BULLETIN BOARD
OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT  CLERK,  AND  (III)  THE  LEGISLATIVE  BODY  HAS
ADOPTED  A  RESOLUTION  AUTHORIZING SUCH ELECTRONIC DELIVERY; unless the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06882-02-4

S. 3081--A                          2

elective or appointive chief executive officer,  if  there  be  one,  or
otherwise  the  chairman  of  the board of supervisors, in the case of a
county, the mayor in the case of a city or village or the supervisor  in
the  case  of  a  town  shall have certified as to the necessity for its
immediate passage and such local law be passed by the  affirmative  vote
of two-thirds of the total voting power of the legislative body.
  For purposes of this subdivision, a proposed local law shall be deemed
to  be  upon the desks or tables of the members if: it is set forth in a
legible electronic format by electronic means, and it is  available  for
review  in such format at the desks of the members. For purposes of this
subdivision "electronic means"  means  any  method  of  transmission  of
information between computers or other machines designed for the purpose
of sending and receiving such transmissions and which: allows the recip-
ient  to  reproduce  the information transmitted in a tangible medium of
expression; and does not permit additions, deletions or other changes to
be made without leaving an adequate record thereof.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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