senate Bill S6759

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Provides for initiative and referendum and recall

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee


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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 11, 2021 opinion referred to judiciary
May 21, 2021 to attorney-general for opinion
May 14, 2021 referred to judiciary

S6759 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Ren Art 20 to be Art 21, add Art 20 §§1 - 12, Constn

S6759 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for initiative and referendum and recall; empowers the electors with the ability to propose statutes and amendments to the constitution, approve or reject statutes or parts of statutes, and remove elective officers.

S6759 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6759 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6759
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               May 14, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- 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 initiative and referendum and recall

   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
                   INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM AND RECALL
   SECTION  1.  1. THE INITIATIVE IS THE POWER OF THE ELECTORS TO PROPOSE
 STATUTES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND TO ADOPT OR REJECT THEM.
   2. AN INITIATIVE MEASURE MAY BE PROPOSED BY PRESENTING TO  THE  SECRE-
 TARY  OF STATE A PETITION THAT SETS FORTH THE TEXT OF THE PROPOSED STAT-
 UTE OR AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION  AND  IS  CERTIFIED  TO  HAVE  BEEN
 SIGNED  BY  ELECTORS  EQUAL  IN  NUMBER TO FIVE PERCENT IN THE CASE OF A
 STATUTE, AND EIGHT PERCENT IN THE CASE OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE  CONSTITU-
 TION,  OF THE VOTES FOR ALL CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR AT THE LAST GUBERNA-
 TORIAL ELECTION.
   3. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL THEN SUBMIT THE MEASURE  AT  THE  NEXT
 GENERAL  ELECTION  HELD  AT  LEAST  ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE DAYS AFTER IT
 QUALIFIES OR AT ANY SPECIAL STATEWIDE ELECTION HELD PRIOR TO THAT GENER-
 AL ELECTION. THE GOVERNOR MAY CALL A SPECIAL STATEWIDE ELECTION FOR  THE
 MEASURE.
   4. AN INITIATIVE MEASURE SHALL BE APPROVED ONLY WHEN TWO-THIRDS OF ALL
 ELECTORS IN TWO-THIRDS OF ALL COUNTIES IN THE STATE VOTE TO APPROVE SUCH
 MEASURE.
   5.  AN  INITIATIVE  MEASURE EMBRACING MORE THAN ONE SUBJECT MAY NOT BE
 SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORS OR HAVE ANY EFFECT.
   6. AN INITIATIVE MEASURE SHALL NOT INCLUDE OR  EXCLUDE  ANY  POLITICAL
 SUBDIVISION  OF  THE  STATE  FROM  THE  APPLICATION  OR  EFFECT  OF  ITS
 PROVISIONS BASED UPON APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF THE INITIATIVE MEASURE,
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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