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snuck into the budget for fiscal year 2017-2018

Governor's Budget Bill #S.2005/A.3005 --

Governor's 30-day amended Budget Bill #S.2005-a/A.3005-a

Senate "amended" Budget Bill #S.2005-b

Assembly "amended" Budget Bill #A.3005-b

Three-Men-in-a-Room "amended" Budget Bill #S.2005-c/A.3005-c

 

 
 Legislative Law §83-h. Legislative commission on state-local relations. 
    	1. (a) The legislature hereby finds that a strong relationship between the state and its counties, cities, towns, villages,
school districts and other units of government is central to the effective provision of government services for the benefit of the 
people of the state. This relationship encompasses state mandates on local governments to provide certain services and 
perform certain activities; state limits on the ability of local governments to provide services, raise revenue and incur debt; 
and state programs of assistance to relieve local governments of a portion of the responsibility for raising revenues to meet 
the costs of local services.  Categorical  programs of state assistance help local governments finance specific services of 
importance to the people of the state, while programs of state  general purpose aid provide local governments with general 
assistance in meeting the  costs of services, including state mandated activities.
    	(b)  The legislature further finds that proposals to amend state categorical or general purpose assistance programs, 
to  shift  costs  or responsibilities between the state and local governments, or to alter or impose local taxing, borrowing or 
spending limits should be evaluated in the  context of all the various elements of state-local relations. The variation among 
local governments,  including  fiscal  condition, local economy and demand for services, should be considered, and opportunities
for intergovernmental cooperation and efficiencies should be identified.
    	2.  A  legislative commission on state-local relations is hereby established to examine, evaluate and make 
recommendations concerning the state's system of aid to localities, the division of state and local responsibilities, state 
mandates on local governments and limits on the ability of local governments to raise revenue, incur debt and manage 
resources. The commission shall make such recommendations as it may deem necessary to provide an equitable system 
of state aid to local governments, to encourage the most effective use of state and local resources, to preserve the fiscal  
integrity of both state and local governments and otherwise to strengthen the partnership between the state and its local 
governments.
    	3.  The commission shall consist of ten members to be appointed as follows: three members of the senate 
shall be appointed by the temporary president of  the  senate;  three  members of the assembly  shall  be appointed  
by  the  speaker of the assembly; two members of the senate shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; 
and two members of the assembly shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.  From among the members 
so appointed, a chairman and a vice chairman shall be designated  by  the  joint  action of  the  temporary president  of  the
senate  and the speaker of the assembly. Any vacancy that occurs in the commission or in the chairmanship or vice
chairmanship shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment or designation was made. No member, 
officer, or employee of the commission shall be disqualified from holding any other public office or employment, nor shall 
he forfeit any such office or employment by reason of his appointment hereunder, notwithstanding the provisions of any general, 
special, or local law, ordinance, or city charter.
	4.  The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel as it may deem necessary for the 
performance of the commission's functions and fix their compensation within the amounts made available therefor.
    	5.  Employees of the commission shall be considered to be employees of the legislature for all purposes.
    	6. The commission in addition to the above mentioned powers shall have  all the powers and privileges of a legislative  
committee pursuant  to this chapter.
    	7.  For the accomplishment of its purpose, the commission shall be authorized and empowered to undertake any study,  
inquiry, survey, or analysis it may deem relevant through its own personnel in cooperation with or by agreement with 
any other public or private agency.
    	8.  The commission may require and shall receive from any department, board, bureau, commission, authority, 
office, or other instrumentality of  the state, and from any county, city, town or village of this state, such facilities, assistance, 
and  data, as it deems necessary or desirable for proper execution of its powers and duties.
    	9.  The commission may hold public or private hearings and shall have full powers to subpoena witnesses and all 
records or data it shall deem necessary or desirable pursuant to this chapter.
    	10.  The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be allowed their actual 
and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
    * NB Repealed June 30, 2017
 

			

Legislative Law §82. Legislative commissions.
Expenditures made from appropriations and reappropriations  to  the legislature for services and expenses of shared legislative commissions, task forces and councils, including, but not limited to those set forth in this article and article five-B of this chapter, shall be paid upon the approval of the temporary president of senate and the speaker of the assembly, unless otherwise specified by law. Such expenditures shall be payable after audit by and on the warrant of the comptroller upon vouchers certified by the temporary president of the senate or his or her designee and the speaker of the assembly or his or her designee.
   

 

 

 


 

 

 

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