Bill Text: NY S04732 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires legislative fiscal impact notes to include objective calculations of anticipated economic impacts for next three years on state or political subdivisions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-22 - REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS [S04732 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04732-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 22, 2019
        Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, FUNKE, GALLIVAN, RANZENHOFER, SERINO -- read
          twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
          Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
        AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to fiscal impact  notes
          on bills and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 51 of the legislative law is  REPEALED  and  a  new
     2  section 51 is added to read as follows:
     3    §  51.  Fiscal  impact notes on bills affecting the state or political
     4  subdivisions. 1. As used in this section:
     5    (a) the term "political subdivision" means  any  county,  city,  town,
     6  village,  special district or school district, or any agency, authority,
     7  commission, department or instrumentality thereof.
     8    (b) the term "qualifying bill" means any bill or amendment to  a  bill
     9  filed  on  or after the effective date of this section which establishes
    10  or eliminates a state program, significantly changes  services  required
    11  to  be  provided  by such program, or results in a change in revenues or
    12  expenses of the state or any political subdivision.
    13    2. Before discharging qualifying bills from consideration, the  senate
    14  finance committee or the assembly ways and means committee shall prepare
    15  for each such bill a fiscal impact statement clearly detailing the esti-
    16  mated  cost  or  savings entailed by such bill to the state and affected
    17  political subdivision for the three fiscal years following  adoption  of
    18  such bill. Such fiscal impact statement shall also provide the source or
    19  sources of such estimates.
    20    3.  A  fiscal  impact  statement  required  to  be prepared under this
    21  section shall be made and shall remain a part of the bill it  describes,
    22  and  shall  be  affixed  to the bill before it is laid upon the members'
    23  desks for consideration.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 4732                             2
     1    4.  In determining the fiscal impacts of a bill,  the  senate  finance
     2  committee  and  assembly  ways  and  means committee shall estimate such
     3  impacts on the basis of any or all of the following:
     4    (a) individual political subdivisions;
     5    (b)  aggregates  of  political  subdivisions  either statewide or by a
     6  lesser geographic area;
     7    (c) representative political  subdivisions  with  relevant  character-
     8  istics  such as population, area, average income, weighted average daily
     9  attendance of pupils, or any other relevant characteristics  appropriate
    10  to the estimate; or
    11    (d)  any other appropriate, convenient or accessible grouping of char-
    12  acteristics or political subdivisions.
    13    5. Estimated or actual fiscal impacts  disclosed  under  this  section
    14  shall  be reported in units of money, services, personnel, equipment, or
    15  any other appropriate, convenient or accessible unit or units  of  meas-
    16  urement.
    17    6. If the estimates contained in a fiscal impact statement are inaccu-
    18  rate,  such  inaccuracies  shall  not  affect, impair or invalidate such
    19  bill.
    20    7. Fiscal impact statements shall  not  be  required  for  bills:  (a)
    21  subject  to  the  provisions  of  section  fifty of this article, or (b)
    22  accompanied by special home rule requests  submitted  by  each  affected
    23  political subdivision, or (c) which provide only discretionary authority
    24  to  political subdivisions, or (d) submitted pursuant to section twenty-
    25  four of the state finance law.
    26    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    27  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.