senate Bill S5459

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Concurrent resolution to amend the constitution to increase the length of the term of office and imposing term limits for members of the legislature

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S5459 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 3 ยง2, Constn

S5459 - Bill Texts

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Increases the length of the term of office of members of the legislature to four years and imposes term limits for members of the legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S5459

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 3 of the constitution,
in relation to increasing the length of the term of office and
imposing term limits for members of the legislature

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This legislation would increase the length of term of office for
members of the legislature from two years to four years and would
limit members of the legislature from serving more than three
consecutive four year terms.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 2 Article 3 of the constitution is amended to increase the
length of term of office for members of the legislature from two years
to four years and would limit members of the legislature from serving
more than three consecutive four year terms.

Section 2 states that the foregoing amendment be referred to the first
regular legislative session after the next succeeding general election
of members of the assembly and be published three months previous to
the time of such election.

JUSTIFICATION:

This legislation would increase the length of the term of office for
state legislators in both the Senate and Assembly from four years to
two years. Such a term increase would allow legislators to focus more
intently on serving the needs of constituents rather than the upcoming
election cycle. The second section of this legislation would limit the
terms of members of the legislators to three consecutive four year
terms (to twelve years total). A limit such as this one would benefit
the legislature by preventing members from becoming "career
politicians" - members who serve in the legislature endlessly and who
may become out of touch with their constituents by promoting policies
beneficial to their tenure in office rather than constituent and
district needs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

RESOLVED (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendments be
referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in
conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be
published three months previous to the time of such election.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  5459

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing an amendment to section 2 of article 3 of the constitution, in
  relation to increasing the length of the term of office  and  imposing
  term limits for members of the legislature

  Section  1. RESOLVED (if the Assembly concur), That section 2 of arti-
cle 3 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
  S 2. The senate shall consist of fifty members, except as  hereinafter
provided.  The  senators [elected in the year one thousand eight hundred
and ninety-five shall hold their offices  for  three  years,  and  their
successors]  shall be [chosen] ELECTED for TERMS OF two years; PROVIDED,
THAT SENATORS ELECTED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSEQUENT
YEARS SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES FOR  FOUR  YEARS.    The  assembly  shall
consist  of one hundred and fifty members. The assembly members [elected
in the year one  thousand  nine  hundred  and  thirty-eight,  and  their
successors,] shall be [chosen] ELECTED for TERMS OF two years; PROVIDED,
THAT  ASSEMBLY  MEMBERS  ELECTED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN
SUBSEQUENT YEARS SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES FOR FOUR YEARS.
  NO PERSON ELECTED TO OFFICE IN THE SENATE IN  THE  YEAR  TWO  THOUSAND
SIXTEEN  AND  IN  SUBSEQUENT YEARS SHALL SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE SENATE
FOR MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE FOUR YEAR TERMS. NO  PERSON  ELECTED  TO
OFFICE  IN  THE  ASSEMBLY IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND IN SUBSE-
QUENT YEARS SHALL SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY FOR MORE THAN  THREE
CONSECUTIVE FOUR YEAR TERMS. ANY PARTIAL TERM OF OFFICE HELD AS A MEMBER
OF THE LEGISLATURE PRIOR TO THE ELECTION TO A CONSECUTIVE FOUR YEAR TERM
SHALL  NOT  BE USED TO CALCULATE ANY TERM LIMITATION IMPOSED PURSUANT TO
THIS PARAGRAPH.
  S 2. RESOLVED (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing  amendments
be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
next  succeeding  general  election  of members of the assembly, and, in
conformity with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution,  be
published three months previous to the time of such election.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD89130-01-3

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