A01545 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
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:

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

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Millman
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to publication 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 § 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:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2011-2012 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    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    §  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    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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