BILL NO A01730
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Kolb (MS)
COSPNSR Tedisco, Oaks
MLTSPNSR Barclay, Butler, Corwin, Crouch, Duprey, Finch, Fitzpatrick, Giglio,
Goodell, Hawley, Lopez P, McDonough, McKevitt, Raia, Saladino,
Add S52-a, Leg L
Requires certain bills which establish a commission, task force, board, council
or any similar body shall have not less than one position appointed by each of
the legislative leaders.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
bills containing provisions requiring appointments to be made by the
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To guarantee that all four of the legislative leaders are entitled to
make appointments to commissions, task forces, boards, councils, and
other such entities, whenever these entities are to receive appointments
from the legislature.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one defines the four legislative leaders and requires that any
bill establishing a commission, task force, board, council, or any other
such similar entity, and which requires that some of the members on that
commission entity receive their appointments from the legislature, shall
have at least one position filled by each of the four legislative lead-
Section two contains the effective date.
There are few states in the Union that display as diverse a set of demo-
graphics, local economies, and regional interests as does New York
State. In the interest of equity and of full representation for all New
Yorkers, this bill will guarantee that when various commissions, boards,
and similar entities are created by the legislature that they will have
members appointed to it by legislative leaders representing, in one form
or another, every resident and region of the state. By so doing, we will
be ensuring that the various interests and perspectives of all New York-
ers are represented in these bodies by guaranteeing an airing for
diverse points of view. Even members of such bodies with the best possi-
ble intentions might overlook the unintended effects of their decisions
on regions and populations of the state with which they are completely
unfamiliar, and a full diversity of views will assist them in making the
best possible choices for our state. In most cases the leaders of the
legislative minorities are now granted such appointments, but there is
nothing in statute that would prevent the legislature from unfairly
leaving representatives of the minority parties out of the appointment
process in the future. This bill will correct that deficiency and so
remove the temptation to allow political considerations to trump equal
representation and good government.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.4744 (2011-12), Held in Governmental Operations.
A.8127 (2009-10), Held in Governmental Operations.
A.8247 (2007-08), Held in Governmental Operations.
This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 9, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. KOLB, TEDISCO, OAKS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.
of A. BARCLAY, BUTLER, CORWIN, CROUCH, DUPREY, FINCH, FITZPATRICK,
GIGLIO, GOODELL, HAWLEY, JORDAN, P. LOPEZ, McDONOUGH, McKEVITT,
RABBITT, RAIA, REILICH, SALADINO, TENNEY, THIELE -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to bills containing
provisions requiring appointments to be made by the legislative lead-
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 52-a
2 to read as follows:
3 S 52-A. REQUIREMENTS WITH RESPECT TO BILLS CONTAINING PROVISIONS
4 REQUIRING APPOINTMENTS TO BE MADE BY THE LEGISLATURE. 1. FOR PURPOSES
5 OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "LEGISLATIVE LEADERS" SHALL MEAN THE TEMPORARY
6 PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE MINORITY LEAD-
7 ER OF THE SENATE AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY.
8 2. ANY BILL WHICH ESTABLISHES A COMMISSION, TASK FORCE, BOARD, COUN-
9 CIL, OR SIMILAR BODY, AND WHICH REQUIRES THAT A NUMBER OF THE MEMBERS ON
10 SUCH COMMISSION, TASK FORCE, BOARD, COUNCIL, OR SIMILAR BODY RECEIVE
11 THEIR APPOINTMENTS FROM THE LEGISLATURE, SHALL HAVE NOT LESS THAN ONE
12 MEMBER APPOINTED BY EACH OF THE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS.
13 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.