Bill Text: NY S01815 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires municipalities to maintain municipal websites.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-16 - REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT [S01815 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S01815-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    January 16, 2021

        Introduced  by  Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

        AN ACT to amend the general municipal  law,  in  relation  to  requiring
          municipalities to maintain municipal websites

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

     1    Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new  arti-
     2  cle 13-E to read as follows:
     3                                ARTICLE 13-E
     4                             MUNICIPAL WEBSITES
     5  Section 300. Municipal websites.
     6    §  300.  Municipal websites. 1. All municipal corporations shall main-
     7  tain an official website accessible to the public. The official  website
     8  shall  contain  basic  information on the municipality including but not
     9  limited to hours of operations, elected officials and services provided.
    10  The website should contain an  easily  understood  privacy  policy  that
    11  informs  website visitors of any information that is being collected and
    12  how it is being used.
    13    2. Official municipal websites should be updated on  a  regular  basis
    14  and contain the following information:
    15    a. all documents required by section thirty of this chapter;
    16    b. notice of all municipal elections, public hearings and public meet-
    17  ings including regular board or legislative meetings;
    18    c.  agenda  and  minutes  of municipal meetings as required by article
    19  seven of the public officers law; and
    20    d. updated version of the municipality's code or laws.
    21    § 2.  Subdivision 7 of section 30 of the  general  municipal  law,  as
    22  added  by  section  10  of  part O of chapter 56 of the laws of 2008, is
    23  amended to read as follows:
    24    7. [To the extent practicable, each] Each municipal corporation  shall
    25  make  accessible  [to  the public via its official internet web site] on

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

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     1  its official municipal website  documentation  pertaining  to  its  most
     2  recent  annual financial reports, current year budget, most recent inde-
     3  pendent audit report and most recent fiscal performance plan  or  multi-
     4  year  financial plan required pursuant to paragraph g of subdivision ten
     5  of section fifty-four of the state finance law, unless such  information
     6  is  covered  by  subdivision  two  of section eighty-seven of the public
     7  officers law.
     8    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
     9  it shall have become a law.