senate Bill S3397

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Provides electors with the power of initiative and referendum

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Mar 13, 2020 opinion referred to judiciary
Feb 14, 2020 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 08, 2020 referred to judiciary
Feb 27, 2019 opinion referred to judiciary
Feb 07, 2019 to attorney-general for opinion
Feb 06, 2019 referred to judiciary

S3397 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7294
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Ren Art 20 to be Art 21, add Art 20, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S4441, A6321
2017-2018: S3697, A3307

S3397 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides electors with the power of initiative and referendum.

S3397 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3397 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  3397

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 6, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 the constitution, in relation to providing the
  electors with the power of initiative and referendum

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That article 20  of  the
constitution  be  renumbered article 21 and a new article 20 be added to
read as follows:
                               ARTICLE XX
                        INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
  SECTION 1. THE LEGISLATIVE POWER OF THIS STATE SHALL BE VESTED IN  THE
SENATE  AND  ASSEMBLY, BUT THE PEOPLE RESERVE TO THEMSELVES THE POWER TO
PROPOSE LAWS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, AND TO ADOPT OR  REJECT
THE SAME, AT THE POLLS, INDEPENDENT OF THE LEGISLATURE, AND ALSO RESERVE
THE  POWER,  AT  THEIR  OWN  OPTION,  TO  SO ADOPT OR REJECT ANY ACT, OR
SECTION OR PART OF ANY ACT, PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE.
  § 2. A. THE INITIATIVE IS THE POWER OF THE ELECTORS TO  PROPOSE  STAT-
UTES  AND  AMENDMENTS  TO  THE CONSTITUTION AND TO ADOPT OR REJECT THEM.
EVERY INITIATIVE STATUTE WHICH MANDATES THE EXPENDITURE OF MONIES  SHALL
CLEARLY  STATE  THE  REVENUES  FROM  WHICH SUCH MONIES SHALL BE DERIVED.
EVERY INITIATIVE STATUTE WHICH  MANDATES  A  REDUCTION  IN  REVENUES  OR
EXPENDITURES  SHALL  CLEARLY  STATE  WHAT  REVENUES  WILL  REPLACE THOSE
REDUCED OR THE EXPENDITURES AND SERVICES TO BE REDUCED OR ELIMINATED.
  B. AN INITIATIVE MEASURE MAY BE PROPOSED BY PRESENTING TO  THE  SECRE-
TARY  OF STATE A PETITION THAT SETS FORTH THE TEXT OF THE PROPOSED STAT-
UTE OR AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION  AND  IS  CERTIFIED  TO  HAVE  BEEN
SIGNED  BY  ELECTORS  EQUAL  IN  NUMBER TO FIVE PERCENT IN THE CASE OF A
STATUTE, AND EIGHT PERCENT IN THE CASE OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE  CONSTITU-
TION,  OF THE VOTES FOR ALL CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR AT THE LAST GUBERNA-
TORIAL ELECTION.
  C. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL THEN SUBMIT THE MEASURE  AT  THE  NEXT
GENERAL  ELECTION  HELD  AT  LEAST  ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE DAYS AFTER IT

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

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