senate Bill S1821

2021-2022 Legislative Session

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

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 05, 2022 advanced to third reading
May 04, 2022 2nd report cal.
May 03, 2022 1st report cal.998
Apr 25, 2022 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2022 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 16, 2021 referred to investigations and government operations

Votes

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May 3, 2022 - Finance committee Vote

S1821
15
3
committee
15
Aye
3
Nay
4
Aye with Reservations
1
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Apr 25, 2022 - Investigations and Government Operations committee Vote

S1821
5
0
committee
5
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Investigations and Government Operations Committee Vote: Apr 25, 2022

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S1821 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8357
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: S7109, A10314
2011-2012: S393, A5867
2013-2014: S3438, A107
2015-2016: S2675, A5761
2017-2018: S4586, A4356, A9738
2019-2020: S1630, A121

S1821 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

S1821 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1821 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1821
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 16, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sens. SKOUFIS, BIAGGI, GOUNARDES, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER, PARK-
   ER, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be
   committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government 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,  WHEN  AGENCIES  HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SO, SHOULD
 PUBLISH RECORDS PROACTIVELY ON THE INTERNET THAT ARE OF PUBLIC  INTEREST
 AND AVAILABLE UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
   The  legislature  therefore  declares  that government is the public's
 business and that the public, individually and collectively and  repres-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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