A00957 Summary:

BILL NO    A00957 

SAME AS    SAME AS S03436

SPONSOR    Kellner (MS)

COSPNSR    Millman, Weprin, Lavine

MLTSPNSR   Crouch, Raia

Add S170-c, Exec L

Requires the governor to meet with the assembly and with the senate once a
month for the purpose of answering questions relating to the strategic
direction, financial status and general governance of the state.
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A00957 Actions:

BILL NO    A00957 

01/09/2013 referred to governmental operations
01/08/2014 referred to governmental operations
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A00957 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A00957 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A957

TITLE  OF  BILL:    An  act to amend the executive law, in relation to
monthly meetings between the governor and the legislature to allow the
legislature to ask questions  of  the  governor  relating  to  matters
concerning the state

PURPOSE  OR  GENERAL  IDEA OF BILL: To require that the governor shall
meet regularly with the assembly and  with  the  senate,  to  publicly
answer  questions  from  members  of  each  house  pertaining  to  the
strategic direction, financial status, and general governance  of  the
state.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section  1:  Provides  that once each odd-numbered month, from January
through June or during the  regular  legislative  session,  and  on  a
regular  or  special session day, at the invitation of the speaker and
minority leader of the assembly, and upon agreement by the speaker and
the governor as to the date and time, the governor shall, for no  less
than  one  hour, publicly answer questions pertaining to the strategic
direction, financial status, and general governance of the state  from
members  of  the  assembly  in the assembly chamber. The percentage of
time allotted for questions from  Members  of  the  majority  and  the
minority parties shall be based on the percentage of representation of
each  party in the assembly. The speaker and the minority leader shall
determine, for the  time  allotted  to  each,  which  members  of  the
assembly  shall  ask  questions  and  the order in which the questions
shall be asked.

-Provides that once each even-numbered  month,  from  January  through
June  or  during  the regular legislative session, and on a regular or
special session day, at the invitation of the temporary president  and
minority  leader  of  the  senate, and upon agreement by the temporary
president and the governor as to  the  date  and  time,  the  governor
shall, for no less than one hour, publicly answer questions pertaining
to  the  strategic direction, financial status, and general governance
of the State from members of the senate in  the  senate  chamber.  The
percentage of time allotted for questions from members of the majority
and  the  minority  parties  shall  be  based  on  the  percentage  of
representation of each party in the senate.  The  temporary  president
and  the  minority  leader  shill  determine, for the time allotted to
each, which members of the senate shall ask questions and the order in
which the questions shall be asked.

Section 2: Act to take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Public dialogue and debate are critical elements of any
well-functioning  democracy.  Yet,  currently,  there  is  no   formal
procedure  by which members of the legislature can regularly engage in
open  and  substantive  discussion  with  the  governor  on  the  many
important  budget, policy, and planning matters confronting the people
of New York  State.  This  bill  would  institute  such  a  procedure,
benefiting the public, the legislature, and the governor alike.

The  bill  will  require  the governor to meet regularly with both the
Assembly and the Senate, in order to publicly  answer  questions  from


members of each house pertaining to the strategic direction, financial
status,  and  general  governance  of  the  state. Members of both the
majority and minority parties will have the opportunity  to  ask  such
questions.

By  creating  a  consistent forum for polite but meaningful discussion
and debate between the legislature and the governor,  this  bill  will
improve  the  transparency and accountability of our state government,
and encourage responsible long-range planning for New  York's  future.
It  will  benefit  members  of  the  legislature  by affording them an
opportunity to raise issues  important  to  their  constituents  which
might  not  otherwise be heard, to highlight legislation, and to raise
questions about the governor's program for  the  state.  The  governor
will  also  benefit from the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and
accountability, and to set forth  and  update  the  public  about  the
progress of his or her agenda.

This  practice  is  already  common  in  the  United  Kingdom, Canada,
Australia, and  other  nations  around  the  world,  where  government
leaders regularly meet with legislatures to publicly discuss issues of
the  day.    In  the  United States, President Obama has shown similar
leadership by meeting with members of the  Congressional  minority  to
debate  and  answer  questions about important elements of his agenda.
New  Yorkers  deserve  the  same  accountability  from  their  elected
leaders-taxpayers  and  public  officials will all benefit from a free
and public airing of the political differences that shape our  state's
policy.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.883 of 2011-12; A.11207 of 2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act takes effect immediately.
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A00957 Text:

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

                                          957

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 9, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M. of A. KELLNER, MILLMAN, WEPRIN, LAVINE -- Multi-Spon-
         sored by -- M. of A.  CROUCH, RAIA -- read once and  referred  to  the
         Committee on Governmental Operations

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive  law, in relation to monthly meetings
         between the governor and the legislature to allow the  legislature  to
         ask questions of the governor relating to matters concerning the state

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

    1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section  170-c
    2  to read as follows:
    3    S 170-C. JOINT MEETING OF THE GOVERNOR AND THE ASSEMBLY; JOINT MEETING
    4  OF  THE  GOVERNOR  AND THE SENATE. 1. ONCE EACH ODD-NUMBERED MONTH, FROM
    5  JANUARY THROUGH JUNE OR DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE  REGULAR  LEGISLATIVE
    6  SESSION,  WHICHEVER  IS LONGER, AND ON A REGULAR OR SPECIAL SESSION DAY,
    7  AT THE INVITATION OF THE SPEAKER AND MINORITY LEADER  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY,
    8  AND  UPON  AGREEMENT  BY THE SPEAKER AND THE GOVERNOR AS TO THE DATE AND
    9  TIME, THE GOVERNOR, FOR NO LESS THAN ONE  HOUR,  SHALL  PUBLICLY  ANSWER
   10  QUESTIONS  PERTAINING  TO  THE STRATEGIC DIRECTION, FINANCIAL STATUS AND
   11  GENERAL GOVERNANCE OF THE STATE FROM MEMBERS  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY  IN  THE
   12  ASSEMBLY  CHAMBER.  THE  PERCENTAGE  OF TIME ALLOTTED FOR QUESTIONS FROM
   13  MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY PARTIES SHALL BE ALLOTTED BASED  ON
   14  THE  PERCENTAGE  OF  REPRESENTATION  OF  EACH PARTY IN THE ASSEMBLY. THE
   15  SPEAKER AND THE MINORITY LEADER SHALL DETERMINE, FOR THE  TIME  ALLOTTED
   16  TO EACH, WHICH MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY SHALL ASK QUESTIONS AND THE ORDER
   17  IN WHICH THE QUESTIONS SHALL BE ASKED.
   18    2.  ONCE EACH EVEN-NUMBERED MONTH, FROM JANUARY THROUGH JUNE OR DURING
   19  THE PENDENCY OF THE REGULAR LEGISLATIVE SESSION,  WHICHEVER  IS  LONGER,
   20  AND ON A REGULAR OR SPECIAL SESSION DAY, AT THE INVITATION OF THE TEMPO-
   21  RARY PRESIDENT AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, AND UPON AGREEMENT
   22  BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNOR AS TO THE DATE AND TIME, THE

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD01245-01-3
       A. 957                              2

    1  GOVERNOR,  FOR  NO  LESS  THAN ONE HOUR, SHALL PUBLICLY ANSWER QUESTIONS
    2  PERTAINING TO THE STRATEGIC  DIRECTION,  FINANCIAL  STATUS  AND  GENERAL
    3  GOVERNANCE  OF  THE STATE FROM MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN THE SENATE CHAM-
    4  BER.  THE  PERCENTAGE OF TIME ALLOTTED FOR QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE
    5  MAJORITY AND MINORITY PARTIES SHALL BE ALLOTTED BASED ON THE  PERCENTAGE
    6  OF  REPRESENTATION  OF EACH PARTY IN THE SENATE. THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT
    7  OF THE SENATE AND THE MINORITY LEADER  SHALL  DETERMINE,  FOR  THE  TIME
    8  ALLOTTED  TO  EACH,  WHICH MEMBERS OF THE SENATE SHALL ASK QUESTIONS AND
    9  THE ORDER IN WHICH THE QUESTIONS SHALL BE ASKED.
   10    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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