A01545 Summary:

BILL NO    A01545 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Millman

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S4-116, El L

Requires state board of elections to publish on its website for one week a
brief statement relating to proposed constitutional amendments that will appear
on the ballot.
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A01545 Actions:

BILL NO    A01545 

01/10/2011 referred to election law
01/04/2012 referred to election law
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A01545 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01545 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1545

TITLE  OF BILL:  An act to amend the election law, in relation to publi-
cation of constitutional amendments

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would eliminate the need to publish constitutional  amendments
that  will  appear on the ballot in one newspaper in every county within
one week of the election.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivisions 2 and 3 of  section  4-116  of
the  election  law  to  change  the state board of elections publication
requirement of constitutional amendments from one newspaper  publication
in  each  county  the  week  before  the  election to publication on the
board's website the entire week before the election.

Section 2 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In this internet age, many people are  obtaining  the  information  they
seek  on  the  internet.  In contrast, newspaper readership is dropping.
This bill would make the publication of the text of a proposed constitu-
tional amendment widely  available  on  the  state  board  of  elections
website for a full week prior to the election from anywhere in the state
via  the  internet.  It also would allow the option for anyone accessing
the website to print and disseminate the text of the proposed  amendment
at little or no cost. The bill does not change the requirement in subdi-
vision 1 of election law S 4-116 that the secretary of state publish the
proposed  amendment  in  the state register at least once in each of the
three months preceding the election.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: A10478

FISCAL IMPLICATION:
This bill would save the state board of elections money.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill would take effect immediately.
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A01545 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1545

                              2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 10, 2011
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. MILLMAN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
         tee on Election Law

       AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to publication of  consti-
         tutional amendments

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Section 4-116 of the election law, the section  heading  as
    2  amended  by chapter 234 of the laws of 1976, subdivision 1 as amended by
    3  chapter 341 of the laws of 1995 and subdivisions 2 and 3 as  amended  by
    4  chapter 60 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows:
    5    S  4-116.  Constitutional  amendments and questions; publication of by
    6  state board of elections and secretary of state.  1.  The  secretary  of
    7  state  shall  cause  each concurrent resolution of the two houses of the
    8  legislature agreeing to a proposed amendment to  the  constitution  that
    9  has  been  referred  to the legislature to be chosen at the next general
   10  election to be published at least once in each of the three months  next
   11  preceding  such election. Such publication shall include the information
   12  that such amendment has been so referred.
   13    2. The state board of elections shall publish [once in  the  week]  ON
   14  ITS  WEBSITE  FOR  ONE  WEEK  preceding  any  election at which proposed
   15  constitutional amendments or other propositions or questions are  to  be
   16  submitted  to  the  voters of the state an abstract of such amendment or
   17  question, a brief statement of the law or proceedings  authorizing  such
   18  submission,  a  statement that such submission will be made and the form
   19  in which it is to be submitted.
   20    [3. Publication required by subdivision two of this section  shall  be
   21  in one newspaper of general circulation in each county.]
   22    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD04943-01-1
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