senate Bill S971

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Provides no county shall supersede any state law which relates to the division of any county into districts for the purpose of apportionment

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Current Bill Status - Stricken


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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 23, 2021 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 06, 2021 referred to local government

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S971 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Municipal Home Rule Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §34, Munic Home R L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S4611

S971 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides that any plan of apportionment relating to the division of a county, except a county wholly contained within a city, into districts for the purpose of apportionment or reapportionment of members of its local legislative body shall be subject to federal and state constitutional requirements; further provides for standards to be followed for such plan.

S971 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S971 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    971
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  GAUGHRAN,  MAY, SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the  Committee  on  Local
   Government
 
 AN ACT to amend the municipal home rule law, in relation to the division
   of  a  county  into  districts for the apportionment of members of its
   local legislative body
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1.  Subdivision 4 of section 34 of the municipal home rule law
 is  renumbered subdivision 5 and a new subdivision 4 is added to read as
 follows:
   4.  ANY PLAN OF APPORTIONMENT ADOPTED PURSUANT TO A COUNTY CHARTER  OR
 CHARTER  LAW  RELATING  TO  THE  DIVISION OF ANY COUNTY, EXCEPT A COUNTY
 WHOLLY CONTAINED WITHIN A CITY, INTO DISTRICTS FOR THE  PURPOSE  OF  THE
 APPORTIONMENT  OR  REAPPORTIONMENT  OF  MEMBERS OF ITS LOCAL LEGISLATIVE
 BODY SHALL BE SUBJECT TO FEDERAL AND STATE  CONSTITUTIONAL  REQUIREMENTS
 AND SHALL COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS, WHICH SHALL HAVE PRIORITY
 IN THE ORDER SET FORTH IN THIS SUBDIVISION, TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE:
   A.  THE  PLAN  SHALL PROVIDE SUBSTANTIALLY EQUAL WEIGHT FOR ALL OF THE
 RESIDENTS OF THAT COUNTY IN THE  ALLOCATION  OF  REPRESENTATION  IN  THE
 LOCAL LEGISLATIVE BODY.
   B.  IN  SUCH  PLAN, NO TOWN EXCEPT A TOWN HAVING MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED
 TEN PERCENT OF A FULL RATIO FOR EACH REPRESENTATIVE, SHALL BE DIVIDED IN
 THE FORMATION OR REPRESENTATION AREAS. ADJACENT REPRESENTATION AREAS  IN
 THE  SAME  TOWN OR CITY SHALL NOT CONTAIN A GREATER EXCESS IN POPULATION
 THAN FIVE PERCENT OF A FULL RATIO FOR EACH REPRESENTATIVE.
   C. THE PLAN SHALL PROVIDE SUBSTANTIALLY FAIR AND  EFFECTIVE  REPRESEN-
 TATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTY AS ORGANIZED IN POLITICAL PARTIES.
   D. REPRESENTATION AREAS SHALL BE OF CONVENIENT AND CONTIGUOUS TERRITO-
 RY IN AS COMPACT FORM AS PRACTICABLE.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 

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