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A00843 Summary:

COSPNSRMagnarelli, Lupardo, Galef
MLTSPNSRCook, Glick, Gunther, Perry, Thiele
Add §100-b, Exec L
Requires the secretary of state to compile, make public and keep current certain information about state boards.
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A00843 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 6, 2021
        Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, MAGNARELLI, LUPARDO, GALEF -- Multi-Spon-
          sored by -- M.  of A. COOK, GLICK, GUNTHER, PERRY, THIELE -- read once
          and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
        AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to information on 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 100-b
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 100-b. Information on state boards.  1.  As  used  in  this  section
     4  "board"  means  any board, commission, committee, council, task force or
     5  any similar state public organization, required to be established pursu-
     6  ant to state statutes or executive order, for the exercise of any  func-
     7  tion  of state government and to which members are appointed or elected.
     8  "Board" does not include:
     9    a. any informal advisory organization  established  exclusively  by  a
    10  state  agency to advise the commissioner, secretary, or director of that
    11  agency on an informal basis;
    12    b. any joint standing committee of the legislature or any committee of
    13  the assembly and/or senate composed entirely of members of the  legisla-
    14  ture;
    15    c. any court;
    16    d. the board of trustees of any institution of higher education finan-
    17  cially supported in whole or in part by the state;
    18    e. any entity of local government;
    19    f.  any  public authority or public benefit corporation, a majority of
    20  whose members are appointed by the  governor  or  serve  as  members  by
    21  virtue  of  holding  state  offices  to which they were appointed by the
    22  governor, or any combination thereof; and
    23    g. any board of elections.

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

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     1    2. The secretary of state shall maintain a compilation of the  member-
     2  ship and meeting information of all state boards, including state boards
     3  established  after  the effective date of this section. The secretary of
     4  state must  keep  such  inventory  in  a  public  record  available  for
     5  inspection,  and  updated  annually  on the department of state website.
     6  Such compilation shall include, but not be limited to:
     7    a. statutory language, executive order or other legal  basis  for  the
     8  establishment of such board;
     9    b.  public  information  including  departmental  affiliation, contact
    10  address, phone number, and website;
    11    c. a brief description of the purpose of the board and its statutorily
    12  required duties, including required reports or other products;
    13    d. the size of board membership, current member names, and any  quali-
    14  fications;
    15    e.  whether members of a board are eligible for payment of expenses or
    16  other compensation in the performance of their duties as members of that
    17  board;
    18    f. dates and locations of all meetings held, and to be held within six
    19  months; and
    20    g. any other information the secretary of state may require.
    21    3. The secretary of state shall update on an  annual  basis  beginning
    22  April  first,  two  thousand  twenty-three  on  the  department of state
    23  website, all vacancies, expired terms, those terms expiring  within  one
    24  year, and the process for filling such vacancies on such boards.
    25    4. Each board or the state agency that provides administrative support
    26  or  is  otherwise  affiliated  with  a board shall annually on or before
    27  January first, submit to the secretary of state all information pursuant
    28  to this section in a manner specified  by  the  secretary  of  state  to
    29  facilitate   the   publication  requirements  of  this  section.    Each
    30  submission shall also include information on compensation  and  expenses
    31  incurred  in  the  prior  and current fiscal years, as well as projected
    32  costs for the coming fiscal year.
    33    5. The secretary of state shall receive from any department, division,
    34  board, bureau, commission or other agency of the state  any  information
    35  and  resources  as  will  enable  him  or  her to properly carry out the
    36  purposes of this section.
    37    6. On or before June first, two thousand twenty-three,  the  secretary
    38  of  state shall report to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the
    39  temporary president of the senate, the chair of the assembly  oversight,
    40  analysis  and investigation committee and the chair of the senate inves-
    41  tigations and government operations  committee  on  the  status  of  the
    42  inventory including but not limited to the number of boards reported and
    43  verified;  and  the content and completeness of the information gathered
    44  in accordance with the requirements of this section. The secretary shall
    45  also report on any impediments to obtaining information.
    46    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next  succeeding
    47  the date on which it shall have become a law.
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