Bill Text: NY S03814 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes a working group within the office of the state comptroller to study the process and ramifications of separating upstate and downstate New York into two separate states.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-04 - PRINT NUMBER 3814A [S03814 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03814-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         3814--A
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 15, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sens.  JORDAN,  O'MARA,  ORTT  -- read twice and ordered
          printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Finance
          --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
          and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT establishing a working group within the office of the state comp-
          troller to study the process and ramifications of  separating  upstate
          and downstate New York into two separate states
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. There is hereby established within the office of the  state
     2  comptroller  a working group to be known as the "separate states working
     3  group". The working group shall conduct a study examining:
     4    (a) the economic ramifications over the short term and  long  term  of
     5  separating  upstate  and  downstate  New  York into two separate states,
     6  including, but not limited to, economic opportunity for both areas;
     7    (b) the legal ramifications of separating upstate  and  downstate  New
     8  York into two separate states;
     9    (c)  the  general up-front cost associated with separating upstate and
    10  downstate New York into two separate states, exclusive of the long  term
    11  economic ramifications, including, but not limited to the cost of creat-
    12  ing two new state governments, the separation of the physical and organ-
    13  izational infrastructure, the cost of settling land disputes;
    14    (d)  the  constitutional steps necessary to separate upstate and down-
    15  state New York into two separate states; and
    16    (e) any constitutional precedents in the United States for dividing  a
    17  state into two separate states.
    18    § 2. The working group shall consist of the following:
    19    (a) the state comptroller and his or her designee;
    20    (b) one member appointed by the comptroller;
    21    (c) the attorney general and his or her designee;
    22    (d) one member appointed by the attorney general;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09787-03-9

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     1    (e) two members appointed by the governor;
     2    (f) one member appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
     3    (g) one member appointed by the temporary president of the senate;
     4    (h) one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly;
     5    (i) one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
     6    (j)  two  members appointed by the New York State Association of Coun-
     7  ties;
     8    (k) two members appointed by the New York State Conference  of  Mayors
     9  and Municipal Officials; and
    10    (l)  two members appointed by the Association of Towns of the State of
    11  New York.
    12    § 3. At the conclusion of the study, the working group will deliver  a
    13  report of its findings to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the
    14  temporary  president of the senate, the minority leader of the assembly,
    15  the minority leader of the senate and the comptroller. Such report shall
    16  be submitted no later than twelve months following the effective date of
    17  this act.
    18    § 4. The members and staff personnel of the  separate  states  working
    19  group shall serve without compensation, but shall be eligible to receive
    20  reimbursement  for  their  reasonable,  actual  and  necessary expenses,
    21  provided however, members of the working group representing state  agen-
    22  cies  may  receive reimbursement for their actual and necessary expenses
    23  from their respective agencies. Members of the separate  states  working
    24  group  shall  be considered state employees for the purposes of sections
    25  17 and 19 of the public officers law.
    26    § 5. For the purposes of this act, the comptroller  may  conduct  such
    27  study in conjunction with any other department, division, board, bureau,
    28  commission,  agency,  or  public  authority of the state he or she deems
    29  necessary. To the maximum extent  feasible,  the  comptroller  shall  be
    30  authorized  to  request, receive, and utilize such resources and data of
    31  any other department, division, board, bureau,  commission,  agency,  or
    32  public  authority  of  the  state as he or she may reasonably request to
    33  properly carry out his or her powers and duties pursuant to this act.
    34    § 6. As used in this act:
    35    (a) "short term" means a period of less than ten years;
    36    (b) "long term" means a period in excess of ten years;
    37    (c) "downstate" means the counties of Nassau,  Rockland,  Suffolk  and
    38  Westchester  and the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx,
    39  and Staten Island; and
    40    (d) "upstate" means that portion of New York not designated as  "down-
    41  state".
    42    §  7.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    43  have become a law.
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