A02747 Summary:

BILL NO    A02747 

SAME AS    SAME AS S02519

SPONSOR    Johns (MS)

COSPNSR    Blankenbush, Hawley, Goodell, Walter, Katz, McKevitt, Saladino,
           Crouch, McDonough, Tedisco, Barclay, Ceretto, Tenney, Giglio, Graf,
           Raia, Finch, Ra, Palmesano, Kolb

MLTSPNSR   Borelli, Curran, DiPietro, Duprey, Fitzpatrick, Garbarino, Lalor,
           Lupinacci, McLaughlin, Montesano, Oaks, Stec

Add S33-a, Leg L

Entitles members to bring one substantive piece of legislation to the floor for
a vote without a home rule message and committee review during each two-year
term.
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A02747 Actions:

BILL NO    A02747 

01/17/2013 referred to governmental operations
01/08/2014 referred to governmental operations
04/29/2014 motion to discharge lost
05/13/2014 held for consideration in governmental operations
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A02747 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02747 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A2747

TITLE  OF  BILL:   An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
entitling each member of the  legislature  to  bring  one  substantive
piece  of  legislation  of his or her choosing to the floor for a vote
without a home rule message and committee review during each  two-year
term

PURPOSE  OR  GENERAL  IDEA  OF  BILL:  To  allow  each  member  of the
Legislature, during each two-year term, to bring one substantive piece
of legislation, of his or her choosing, to the floor for a vote.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 allows each  member  of  the
Legislature,  during  each  two-year  term, to choose to have one bill
discharged from committee and brought to  the  floor  for  a  vote  by
filing  a  notice  with  the  clerk of that member's respective House,
Excludes any bill accompanied by a home rule message.

Section 2 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:  This  legislation  would  require  that  during   each
two-year  Legislative  Term,  each member would be entitled to have at
least one substantive piece of legislation  of  his  or  her  choosing
discharged  from  committee  and brought to the floor for a vote.  All
home rule legislation would be excluded.  While this legislation seeks
to bypass all other rules regarding the  processing  of  a  bill  from
committee  to  the  floor, it represents real reform that will benefit
all the people of this State. A change such as this has been advocated
by Legislators, the media and good government groups for  years.  Each
year,  many pieces of good legislation remain in committee without any
consideration. Many of these bills contain good ideas that could  pass
into law if they only received a chance.

If every member of the Legislature delivers just one bill to the floor
and has an opportunity to convince his or her colleagues of the merits
of his or her legislation, then democracy would be truly served.

This  legislation  will  let  every  Legislator's  voice  be heard. If
enacted, this would allow the citizens of every district in this state
to hear their representative presenting a piece of legislation that is
important to them.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:  2011-12: A9548/S6947

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02747 Text:

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

                                         2747

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 17, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. JOHNS, BLANKENBUSH, HAWLEY, GOODELL, WALTER, RA,
         KATZ, McKEVITT, SALADINO, CROUCH, McDONOUGH, TEDISCO, BARCLAY,  CERET-
         TO,  REILICH,  TENNEY,  GIGLIO, GRAF -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
         DUPREY, McLAUGHLIN -- read once  and  referred  to  the  Committee  on
         Governmental Operations

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  legislative  law, in relation to entitling each
         member of the legislature to bring one  substantive  piece  of  legis-
         lation  of  his or her choosing to the floor for a vote without a home
         rule message and committee review during each two-year term

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

    1    Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "sensible
    2  opportunity for legislative equality (SOLE) act".
    3    S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new  section  33-a  to
    4  read as follows:
    5    S  33-A.    ENTITLEMENT  TO  ONE SUBSTANTIVE BILL DURING EACH TWO-YEAR
    6  TERM.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION TO THE CONTRARY, DURING  EACH
    7  TWO-YEAR  TERM OF THE LEGISLATURE, EACH MEMBER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO HAVE
    8  AT LEAST ONE SUBSTANTIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, OF HIS OR  HER  CHOOSING,
    9  EXCLUSIVE  OF  ANY  BILL  ACCOMPANIED BY A HOME RULE MESSAGE, DISCHARGED
   10  FROM COMMITTEE AND BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. A MEMBER  MAY  BRING
   11  SUCH  BILL  TO  THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE BY FILING A WRITTEN NOTICE WITH THE
   12  CLERK OF SENATE DESK OPERATIONS OR THE INDEX CLERK OF THE ASSEMBLY ON  A
   13  FORM PROVIDED BY SUCH CLERK.
   14    S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD01224-01-3
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