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S04846 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          4846
 
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                     April 26, 2013
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
 
        AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to the regulation  of
          public-private partnerships
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 

     1    Section 1. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be  cited  as
     2  the "public-private partnership disclosure act".
     3    §  2.  Legislative  findings and purpose. The legislature hereby finds
     4  that agreements between state entities and commercial entities known  as
     5  "public-private  partnerships" whereby private monies are made available
     6  for public purposes can  be  beneficial  and  in  the  public  interest.
     7  However, the legislature further finds that such partnerships generating
     8  and  expending  funds  outside of the normal state budgetary process may
     9  distort properly enacted public priorities. In addition, the legislature
    10  finds that such partnerships if not created  with  full  disclosure  and
    11  full  opportunity  for  public  comment  have the potential for creating
    12  conflicts of interest. Therefore, it is the purpose of  the  legislature

    13  to  provide for the establishment of standards and requirements for full
    14  disclosure and public comment for public-private partnerships.
    15    § 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 136-d to
    16  read as follows:
    17    § 136-d. Public-private partnerships. 1. As used in this section,  the
    18  term  "public-private partnership" or "partnership" shall mean an agree-
    19  ment between a state agency  and  a  corporation,  partnership,  limited
    20  liability company or other private commercial entity under which private
    21  monies  in  an amount of more than five thousand dollars are made avail-
    22  able for a public capital project, a public program or to underwrite the
    23  cost of public personnel in return for consideration including  but  not

    24  limited  to notice or display of the name or logo of the provider of the
    25  private monies.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08759-01-3

        S. 4846                             2
 
     1    2. No state agency  shall  enter  into  a  public-private  partnership
     2  agreement  unless  it has promulgated rules and regulations establishing
     3  standards and procedures for such partnerships.  Such  rules  and  regu-
     4  lations shall include but need not be limited to provisions for cost-be-
     5  nefit  analysis  of partnership proposals, review of the impact of part-

     6  nership arrangements on  established  policies  and  priorities  of  the
     7  agency,  advertisement  and  solicitation of bids for competing or other
     8  private entities to determine the most advantageous partnership arrange-
     9  ment, the public disclosure of campaign contributions to candidates  for
    10  state  elected  offices in the preceding four years by the private part-
    11  nership entity including directors and officers thereof,  public  notice
    12  not  less than forty-five days before entering into a partnership agree-
    13  ment and reasonable opportunity for  public  comment.  Requirements  and
    14  procedures  established  in such rules and regulations shall be in addi-
    15  tion to existing requirements in law.

    16    3. In any year that a state agency enters into one or more public-pri-
    17  vate partnerships, it shall prepare and submit to  the  legislature  and
    18  the  governor  a  report  fully  describing the partnership arrangement,
    19  identifying the public benefit therefrom and any impact it may have  had
    20  on  the  priorities and activities of the reporting agency.  Such report
    21  shall be submitted on or before March first for the  preceding  calendar
    22  year.
    23    § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    24  it  shall have become a law; provided, however that the addition, amend-
    25  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    26  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed  to
    27  be made and completed on or before such date.
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