Bill Text: NY A00426 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Provides that any plan of apportionment relating to the division of a county, except a county wholly contained within a city, into districts for the purpose of apportionment or reapportionment of members of its local legislative body shall be subject to federal and state constitutional requirements; further provides for standards to be followed for such plan.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-18 - reported referred to rules [A00426 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A00426-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         426--A

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                       (Prefiled)

                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by M. of A. PAULIN, GALEF, ORTIZ, GUNTHER -- Multi-Sponsored
          by -- M. of A.   CAHILL, ENGLEBRIGHT, PEOPLES-STOKES,  PERRY  --  read
          once  and  referred to the Committee on Local Governments -- committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the municipal home rule law, in relation to the division
          of a county into districts for the apportionment  of  members  of  its
          local legislative body

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1.  Subdivision 4 of section 34 of the municipal home rule law
     2  is renumbered subdivision 5 and a new subdivision 4 is added to read  as
     3  follows:
     4    4.   Any plan of apportionment adopted pursuant to a county charter or
     5  charter law relating to the division of  any  county,  except  a  county
     6  wholly  contained  within  a city, into districts for the purpose of the
     7  apportionment or reapportionment of members  of  its  local  legislative
     8  body  shall  be subject to federal and state constitutional requirements
     9  and shall comply with the following standards, which shall have priority
    10  in the order set forth in this subdivision, to the extent applicable:
    11    a. The plan shall provide substantially equal weight for  all  of  the
    12  voters  of  that county in the allocation of representation in the local
    13  legislative body.
    14    b. In such plan, no town except a town having more  than  one  hundred
    15  ten percent of a full ratio for each representative, shall be divided in
    16  the  formation or representation areas. Adjacent representation areas in
    17  the same town or city shall not contain a greater excess  in  population
    18  than five percent of a full ratio for each representative.
    19    c.  The  plan shall provide substantially fair and effective represen-
    20  tation for the people of the county as organized in political parties.
    21    d. Representation areas shall be of convenient and contiguous territo-
    22  ry in as compact form as practicable.
    23    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03710-02-9
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