senate Bill S7097

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to designating petitions

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May 09, 2014 signed chap.20
May 07, 2014 delivered to governor
returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.598
substituted for s7097
May 07, 2014 substituted by a9407
ordered to third reading cal.598
Apr 25, 2014 referred to rules

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S7097 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9407
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง2-120, 6-104 & 6-134, El L

S7097 - Bill Texts

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Relates to designating petitions.

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BILL NUMBER:S7097 REVISED 4/28/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to desig-
nating petitions; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
expiration thereof

PURPOSE: This bill provides that the first day to sign a designating
petition for state and local primary elections in 2014 will be 42 days,
instead of 37 days, before the last day to file such petitions.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill makes a conforming change to section 2-120 of the
Election Law to maintain the dates for when the statement of party posi-
tions to be filled at the primary should be filed as not later than May
20th.

Section 2 makes a conforming change to 6-104 of the Election Law to
maintain the dates for the state committee meetings as May 13th to June
3rd.

Section 3 provides that the first day to sign a designating petition for
primary elections in 2014 will be 42 days, instead of 37 days, before
the last day to file such petitions. This has the effect of making the
first day to sign be Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Section 4 is the effective date and provides for the expiration and
repeal of the amendments on September 10, 2014.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, Election Law 6-134 states the first day to
sign designating petitions for a primary election shall be thirty-seven
days before that last day to file such petitions. This year, the last
day to file designating petitions is July 10th and therefore, the first
day to sign such petitions is June 3rd. However, June 3rd is also the
first day of the two-day Jewish observance of the holiday of Shavuot.

Shavuot commemorates G-d's giving of the Torah to the Israelites at
Mount Sinai. Observant members of the Jewish faith are forbidden to
work, write, or travel during the two-day observance.

Expanding the time for signing designating petitions by five days moves
the first day to sign to Thursday, May 29, 2014. This change, in recog-
nition of the Shavuot observance, will help ensure that all interested
New Yorkers may participate equally in our State's political process.

It is important to note that the amendments made by this legislation
will only impact state and local elections in 2014 because the Federal
election calendar has been set by court order to ensure compliance with
Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill would take effect immediately and expire and
be deemed repealed on September 10, 2014.

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

    S. 7097                                                  A. 9407

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             April 25, 2014
                               ___________

IN  SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. SILVER -- read once  and  referred
  to the Committee on Election Law

AN  ACT to amend the election law, in relation to designating petitions;
  and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration there-
  of

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section 2-120 of the election law, as
amended by chapter 79 of the  laws  of  1992,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  The  chairman of the county committee of each party or such person
as may be designated by the rules of the  county  committee  shall  file
with  the  board  of elections not later than two weeks before the first
day on which designating petitions for a primary election may be signed,
a statement of the party positions to be filled by such  party  at  such
primary  election, and the number of persons to be elected to each posi-
tion; provided, however, that failure to file such statement  shall  not
be  construed as a prerequisite to filing designating petitions for such
position; PROVIDED FURTHER, HOWEVER, THAT IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FOUR-
TEEN, SUCH STATEMENT SHALL BE FILED NO LATER  THAN  MAY  TWENTIETH,  TWO
THOUSAND FOURTEEN.
  S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 6-104 of the election law, as amended by
chapter 79 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows:
  6.  The  meeting of the state committee for the purpose of designating
candidates shall be held not earlier than  twenty-one  days  before  the
first day to sign designating petitions and not later than the first day
to sign designating petitions for the primary election, PROVIDED, HOWEV-
ER,  THAT  IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, SUCH MEETING SHALL BE HELD
NOT EARLIER THAN MAY THIRTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND  FOURTEEN  AND  NOT  LATER
THAN JUNE THIRD, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14666-03-4

S. 7097                             2                            A. 9407

  S  3.  Subdivision 4 of section 6-134 of the election law, as added by
chapter 709 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  4.  A signature made earlier than [thirty-seven] FORTY-TWO days before
the last day to file designating  petitions  for  the  primary  election
shall not be counted.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed September 10, 2014.

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