assembly Bill A121A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to publishing records of public interest by agencies and the legislature

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 19, 2019 print number 121a
Mar 19, 2019 amend and recommit to governmental operations
Jan 09, 2019 referred to governmental operations

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A121 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1630
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §84, ren §90 to be §90-a, add §90, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A10314, S7109
2011-2012: A5867, S393
2013-2014: A107, S3438
2015-2016: A5761, S2675
2017-2018: A4356, A9738, S4586

A121 - Summary

Relates to publishing records of public interest by agencies and the legislature on their websites.

A121 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   121

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. BUCHWALD, GALEF, SANTABARBARA, GOTTFRIED, NIOU,
  SEAWRIGHT, D'URSO, LAWRENCE, ARROYO, BLAKE, COOK, GOODELL,  DAVILA  --
  Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M. of A. ORTIZ, PAULIN, SIMON, THIELE -- read
  once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations

AN ACT to amend the public  officers  law,  in  relation  to  publishing
  records of public interest by agencies and the state legislature

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

  Section 1. Section 84 of the public officers law, as added by  chapter
933 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
  § 84. Legislative  declaration.  The  legislature  hereby finds that a
free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible
to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The
more open a government is with its citizenry,  the  greater  the  under-
standing and participation of the public in government.
  As  state  and  local government services increase and public problems
become more sophisticated and complex and therefore harder to solve, and
with the resultant increase in revenues and expenditures, it  is  incum-
bent  upon  the state and its localities to extend public accountability
wherever and whenever feasible.
  The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making
and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations  is
basic  to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted
by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality.
  SINCE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW WAS FIRST  ADOPTED,  ADVANCES  IN
TECHNOLOGY  HAVE  ENHANCED  THE  ABILITY  TO  GAIN  ACCESS TO AND WIDELY
DISSEMINATE PUBLIC INFORMATION.  ACCORDINGLY, THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, SHOULD  PUBLISH  RECORDS
PROACTIVELY  ON  THE  INTERNET THAT ARE OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND AVAILABLE
UNDER THIS ARTICLE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

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A121A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1630
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §84, ren §90 to be §90-a, add §90, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A10314, S7109
2011-2012: A5867, S393
2013-2014: A107, S3438
2015-2016: A5761, S2675
2017-2018: A4356, A9738, S4586

A121A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to publishing records of public interest by agencies and the legislature on their websites.

A121A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 121--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. BUCHWALD, GALEF, SANTABARBARA, GOTTFRIED, NIOU,
  SEAWRIGHT, D'URSO, LAWRENCE, ARROYO,  BLAKE,  COOK,  GOODELL,  DAVILA,
  McDONALD,  GUNTHER,  STIRPE,  TAYLOR,  REYES,  McMAHON, STECK, SAYEGH,
  RICHARDSON, SALKA, MORINELLO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of  A.  GRIF-
  FIN,  ORTIZ,  PAULIN,  SIMON,  THIELE -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Governmental Operations  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the public  officers  law,  in  relation  to  publishing
  records of public interest by agencies and the state legislature

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

  Section 1. Section 84 of the public officers law, as added by  chapter
933 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
  § 84. Legislative  declaration.  The  legislature  hereby finds that a
free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible
to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The
more open a government is with its citizenry,  the  greater  the  under-
standing and participation of the public in government.
  As  state  and  local government services increase and public problems
become more sophisticated and complex and therefore harder to solve, and
with the resultant increase in revenues and expenditures, it  is  incum-
bent  upon  the state and its localities to extend public accountability
wherever and whenever feasible.
  The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making
and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations  is
basic  to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted
by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality.
  SINCE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW WAS FIRST  ADOPTED,  ADVANCES  IN
TECHNOLOGY  HAVE  ENHANCED  THE  ABILITY  TO  GAIN  ACCESS TO AND WIDELY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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