senate Bill S556

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Provides for the recall power of the electors to remove an elective officer

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 13, 2020 opinion referred to judiciary
Feb 14, 2020 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 08, 2020 referred to judiciary
Feb 07, 2019 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 11, 2019 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 09, 2019 referred to judiciary

S556 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5291
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Ren Art 20 to be Art 21, add Art 20 §§1 - 6, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A9085
2011-2012: A1493
2013-2014: S5512, A6161
2015-2016: S1084, A1726
2017-2018: S2089, A8763

S556 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for the recall power of the electors to remove an elective officer.

S556 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S556 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   556

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

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

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing the addition of a new  article  20  to  the  constitution,  in
  relation to providing for recall of an elective officer

  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
                                 RECALL
  SECTION  1.    RECALL  IS  THE POWER OF CITIZENS TO REMOVE AN ELECTIVE
OFFICER.
  § 2. A. RECALL OF A STATE OFFICER IS INITIATED BY A  REGISTERED  VOTER
REGISTERING  HIS  OR HER INTENT TO INITIATE A RECALL OF A STATE OFFICIAL
WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. INTENT TO  INITIATE  A  RECALL  SHALL
INCLUDE  A  REASON  FOR RECALL. SUFFICIENCY OF REASON IS NOT REVIEWABLE.
PROPONENTS HAVE NINETY DAYS FROM  THE  REGISTERING  OF  INTENT  TO  FILE
SUFFICIENT PETITIONS.
  B.  A  PETITION TO RECALL A STATEWIDE OFFICER SHALL BE SUFFICIENT WHEN
SIGNED BY REGISTERED VOTERS EQUAL IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST  TWENTY  PERCENT
OF  THE  TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS TO VOTE IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION FOR THE
OFFICE, WITH SIGNATURES FROM EACH OF THE COUNTIES WITHIN THE STATE EQUAL
IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS TO  VOTE
IN  THE  PREVIOUS  ELECTION  FOR THE OFFICE IN THE COUNTY. A PETITION TO
RECALL SENATORS AND MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY  SHALL  BE  SUFFICIENT  WHEN
SIGNED  BY  REGISTERED VOTERS EQUAL IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST TWENTY PERCENT
OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS TO VOTE IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION  FOR  THE
OFFICE  IN THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT. THERE SHALL BE NO ABILITY TO
RECALL OFFICERS SERVING IN THE OFFICE  OF  JUDGE.  SUFFICIENT  PETITIONS
SHALL BE CERTIFIED BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

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

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