senate Bill S544

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides that members of the legislature shall not serve more than five two year terms in either house

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 09, 2013 referred to investigations and government operations

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S544 - Bill Details

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Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2-a, Leg L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5611

S544 - Bill Texts

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Provides that members of the legislature shall not serve more than five two year terms in either house; regardless of terms, service is limited to ten years in each house and no more than twenty years of service, in the aggregate, as a state legislator.

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BILL NUMBER:S544

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the legislative law, in relation to term limits for legislators

PURPOSE:
Provides that members of the legislature shall not serve more than
five two year terms in either house.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the legislative law by adding a new section 2-A.
Section 2-A adds that any individual may serve a maximum of five
two-year terms in the state assembly and state senate. No person
shall have more than twenty years of service as a state legislator.

Section 2 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Term limits encourage regular citizen participation, competitive
elections and help to prevent a government where long-time
politicians become deeply entrenched. The implementation of term
limits is also a way to ensure that the legislature remains
responsive to the people it was designed to serve. Term limits can
also help foster new ideas and can give way to new lawmakers with
fresh perspectives.

In addition, by adding term limits to the legislature, it serves as a
motivation for the legislature to act swiftly, bringing about real
change and reform for the people of New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.5611 Referred to Investigations and Government Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act will take effects January 1, 2015; only terms commenced on or
after such date shall be counted toward an individual's years of
service.

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

                                   544

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in  relation  to  term  limits  for
  legislators

  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  2-a
to read as follows:
  S  2-A. LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS. ANY INDIVIDUAL MAY SERVE A MAXIMUM OF
FIVE TWO-YEAR TERMS FOR THE STATE ASSEMBLY. ANY INDIVIDUAL MAY  SERVE  A
MAXIMUM  OF  FIVE  TWO-YEAR  TERMS FOR THE STATE SENATE. NO PERSON SHALL
SERVE MORE THAN TEN YEARS IN EACH HOUSE. NO PERSON SHALL HAVE MORE  THAN
TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE, IN THE AGGREGATE, AS A STATE LEGISLATOR.
  S  2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015; only terms commenced
on or after such date shall be counted toward an individual's  years  of
service.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02443-01-3

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