Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Apr 29, 2022
referred to investigations and government operations
Senate Bill S8926
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Investigations And Government Operations Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S8926 (ACTIVE) - Details
2021-S8926 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8926 SPONSOR: SKOUFIS TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to making certain public records available on the internet PURPOSE: To expand the FOIL process to include a greater range of records, increase the number of agencies eligible to FOIL requests, increase data published on public websites, restructure the Committee on Open Govern- ment, and create an expanded appeals process for denied FOIL requests. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends section 84 of the public officers law, by adding to the legislative declaration that people have a right to know how govern- ment operates and spends money and that government agencies should publish public records proactively that are of the interest to the public and available.
2021-S8926 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8926 I N S E N A T E April 29, 2022 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to making certain public records available on the internet 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. PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HOW GOVERNMENT OPERATES AND SPENDS MONEY. 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 PUBLIC 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- ented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance with the provisions of this article. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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