senate Bill S1955

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires the governor to publicize the criteria used when granting a commutation, pardon or reprieve

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 01, 2022 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 28, 2022 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 05, 2022 referred to judiciary
Mar 04, 2021 opinion referred to judiciary
Feb 09, 2021 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 16, 2021 referred to judiciary


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S1955 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 4 §4, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S9135
2019-2020: S2463

S1955 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to requiring the governor to publicize the criteria used when granting a commutation, pardon or reprieve; requires disclosure of information related to such commutations, pardons or reprieves within 30 days instead of annually.

S1955 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1955 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 16, 2021
   CO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed
   to the Committee on Judiciary
 proposing an amendment to section 4 of article 4 of the constitution, in
   relation to requiring the governor to publicize the criteria used when
   granting a commutation, pardon or reprieve
   Section  1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 4 of arti-
 cle 4 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
   § 4. The governor shall have the  power  to  grant  reprieves,  commu-
 tations  and  pardons  after conviction, for all offenses except treason
 and  cases  of  impeachment,  upon  such  conditions   and   with   such
 restrictions  and limitations, as he or she may think proper, subject to
 such regulations as may be provided by law relative  to  the  manner  of
 applying  for  pardons.  Upon conviction for treason, the governor shall
 have power to suspend the execution of  the  sentence,  until  the  case
 shall  be  reported  to  the  legislature  at its next meeting, when the
 legislature shall either pardon, or commute  the  sentence,  direct  the
 execution  of  the  sentence,  or grant a further reprieve. The governor
 shall [annually] WITHIN THIRTY DAYS communicate to the legislature  each
 case of reprieve, commutation or pardon granted, stating the name of the
 convict,  the crime of which the convict was convicted, the sentence and
 PARDON OR REPRIEVE, and the date of the commutation, pardon or reprieve.
   §  2.  Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment
 be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
 next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
 conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
 published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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