assembly Bill A6078A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to the retention of state records; repealer

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to governmental operations
Apr 08, 2015 print number 6078a
Apr 08, 2015 amend (t) and recommit to governmental operations
Mar 13, 2015 referred to governmental operations

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A6078 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4307
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§86 & 89, add §88-a, rpld §88 sub 1, Pub Off L; add §57.06, Arts & Cul L; rpld §5, amd §713, Exec L; add §33-a, Leg L; rpld §70-0113, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S4584
2019-2020: S3940

A6078 - Summary

Relates to the retention of state records; repeals provisions relating to rules and regulations governing access to state legislative records; repeals provisions relating to executive records; repeals provisions relating to information confidentially disclosed by applicants.

A6078 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6078

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 13, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  O'DONNELL  --  read once and referred to the
  Committee on Governmental Operations

AN ACT to amend the public officers law, the arts and  cultural  affairs
  law,  the  executive  law  and the legislative law, in relation to the
  retention of state electronic records; and to repeal subdivision 1  of
  section  88  of  the  public officers law, relating to rules and regu-
  lations governing access  to  state  legislative  records;  to  repeal
  section  5 of the executive law, relating to executive records; and to
  repeal section 70-0113 of the environmental conservation law, relating
  to information confidentially disclosed by applicants

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature finds that procedures
and practice that promote transparency and accountability in the  execu-
tive  and  legislative  branches serve the public interest and encourage
public faith  in  government.  Current  policies  which  allow  for  the
destruction  of  emails  and  other  electronic governmental records and
exempt the legislature from the Freedom of Information  Law  (FOIL)  run
counter to these principles of transparency and accountability.
  Computers  and other electronic devices create many of the new records
we use today, most commonly via emails. These  records,  although  elec-
tronic  in  format, are the same as records in other formats. Electronic
records show how you conduct business, make  decisions,  and  carry  out
your  work.  They  are  evidence of decisions and actions.   Fundamental
records management principles should apply  to  electronic  records,  as
they apply to other record formats.
  The  executive branch has adopted a policy allowing automatic deletion
of emails after 90 days, which has the potential to severely  limit  the
public  availability  of  vital  information regarding the operations of
agencies. The consequences of such a policy are illustrated  in  a  2015
court case where the former Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Racing indi-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09918-01-5

Co-Sponsors

Multi-Sponsors

A6078A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4307
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§86 & 89, add §88-a, rpld §88 sub 1, Pub Off L; add §57.06, Arts & Cul L; rpld §5, amd §713, Exec L; add §33-a, Leg L; rpld §70-0113, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S4584
2019-2020: S3940

A6078A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the retention of state records; repeals provisions relating to rules and regulations governing access to state legislative records; repeals provisions relating to executive records; repeals provisions relating to information confidentially disclosed by applicants.

A6078A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6078--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 13, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. O'DONNELL, STEC -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
  SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Oper-
  ations  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public officers law, the arts and  cultural  affairs
  law,  the  executive  law  and the legislative law, in relation to the
  retention of state electronic records;  to  repeal  subdivision  1  of
  section  88  of  the  public officers law, relating to rules and regu-
  lations governing access  to  state  legislative  records;  to  repeal
  section  5 of the executive law, relating to executive records; and to
  repeal section 70-0113 of the environmental conservation law, relating
  to information confidentially disclosed by applicants

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature finds that procedures
and practice that promote transparency and accountability in the  execu-
tive  and  legislative  branches serve the public interest and encourage
public faith in government. Government  policies  which  allow  for  the
destruction  of  emails  and  other  electronic governmental records and
exempt the legislature from the Freedom of Information  Law  (FOIL)  run
counter to these principles of transparency and accountability.
  Computers  and other electronic devices create many of the new records
we use today, most commonly via email. These records, although electron-
ic in format, are the same as records produced in other  formats.  Elec-
tronic  records  show  how  one  conducts business, makes decisions, and
carries out the people's  work.  They  are  evidence  of  decisions  and
actions.    Fundamental  records  management  principles should apply to
electronic records, as they apply to any record formats.
  The executive branch has adopted a policy allowing automatic  deletion
of  emails  after 90 days, which has the potential to severely limit the
public availability of vital information  regarding  the  operations  of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09918-03-5

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