Bill Text: NY S03877 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes a county representation system for electing the governor and lieutenant-governor within the state.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-28 - OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY [S03877 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03877-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          3877
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 20, 2019
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        Introduced  by  Sen.  ORTT  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
                    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
        proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 4 of the constitution, in
          relation to establishing a county representation system  for  electing
          the governor and lieutenant-governor within the state
     1    Section  1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 1 of arti-
     2  cle 4 of the constitution be amended and a new section 1-a is  added  to
     3  read as follows:
     4    Section  1.  (a)  The executive power shall be vested in the governor,
     5  who shall hold office for four years; the lieutenant-governor  shall  be
     6  chosen  at  the same time, and for the same term. The governor and lieu-
     7  tenant-governor shall be chosen at the general election held in the year
     8  nineteen hundred thirty-eight, and each fourth year  thereafter.    They
     9  shall  be  chosen jointly, by the casting by each voter of a single vote
    10  applicable to both offices, and the legislature by law shall provide for
    11  making such choice in such manner. The  respective  persons  having  the
    12  highest  number of county representation votes cast jointly for them for
    13  governor and lieutenant-governor respectively shall be elected.
    14    (b) In the event a majority of county representation votes are not for
    15  a single person for the governor or lieutenant-governor, the  respective
    16  person  having  the  highest  number  of votes cast jointly for them for
    17  governor or lieutenant-governor respectively shall be elected.
    18    § 1-a. (a) County representation votes for the governor  and  lieuten-
    19  ant-governor shall be distributed such that each county within the state
    20  is assigned three county representation votes.
    21    (b)  County  representation  votes  shall be cast for the governor and
    22  lieutenant-governor from each county based  on  the  respective  persons
    23  having  the largest number of votes cast jointly for them for the gover-
    24  nor and lieutenant-governor respectively from such county.
    25    § 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the  foregoing  amendment
    26  be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD89098-02-9

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     1  next  succeeding  general  election  of members of the assembly, and, in
     2  conformity with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution,  be
     3  published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.
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