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A08117 Summary:

COSPNSRJensen, Ra, Brabenec
Amd Art 4 §3, Constn
Requires the governor and senior state officers to appear before the legislature as requested by the legislature to publicly explain actions and answer questions.
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A08117 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      June 11, 2021
        Introduced by M. of A. GANDOLFO, JENSEN, RA -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Governmental Operations
        proposing an amendment to section 3 of article 4 of the constitution, in
          relation to requiring the governor and senior state officers to appear
          before the legislature

     1    Section  1. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That section 3 of article
     2  4 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
     3    § 3. The governor shall be  commander-in-chief  of  the  military  and
     4  naval  forces of the state. The governor shall have power to convene the
     5  legislature, or the senate only, on extraordinary occasions. At extraor-
     6  dinary sessions convened pursuant to the provisions of this  section  no
     7  subject  shall  be acted upon, except such as the governor may recommend
     8  for consideration. The governor shall  communicate  by  message  to  the
     9  legislature  at  every session the condition of the state, and recommend
    10  such matters to it as he or she  shall  judge  expedient.  The  governor
    11  shall expedite all such measures as may be resolved upon by the legisla-
    12  ture,  and  shall  take  care  that  the  laws  are faithfully executed.
    13  Subject and pursuant to such laws as may be enacted to this effect,  the
    14  governor,  and  all other state officers subject to senate confirmation,
    15  shall periodically appear before the two houses of  the  legislature  as
    16  requested  by  the  legislature  for  the purpose of publicly explaining
    17  actions and answering questions pertaining to matters of consequence  to
    18  the  people  of  New York state.   The speaker of the assembly, minority
    19  leader of the assembly, temporary president of the senate, and  minority
    20  leader  of  the  senate  shall each be given equal opportunities to pose
    21  questions to the governor and officers within their  respective  houses,
    22  and each may select and delegate other members to pose questions as they
    23  deem proper. The governor shall receive for his or her services an annu-
    24  al  salary  to  be fixed by joint resolution of the senate and assembly,
    25  and there shall be provided for his or her use a suitable and  furnished
    26  executive residence.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 8117                             2
     1    § 2.  Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment be
     2  referred  to  the  first regular legislative session convening after the
     3  next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
     4  conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
     5  published for three months previous to the time of such election.
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