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A02157 Summary:

COSPNSRVanel, Solages, Williams, Epstein, Dickens, Hyndman, Norris, Rozic, Colton, Englebright, Griffin, Abinanti, Steck, Reilly, Smullen, DeStefano, Otis
MLTSPNSRDavila, Mikulin, Simon, Thiele
Add §210, St Tech L
Requires state agency websites to be mobile friendly.
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A02157 Actions:

01/14/2021referred to governmental operations
01/05/2022referred to governmental operations
05/20/2022amend and recommit to governmental operations
05/20/2022print number 2157a
05/24/2022reported referred to rules
05/31/2022rules report cal.440
05/31/2022ordered to third reading rules cal.440
05/31/2022passed assembly
05/31/2022delivered to senate
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A02157 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Fernandez
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state technology law, in relation to state agency websites   PURPOSE: OF THE BILL: This bill requires that all state agencies maintain mobile friendly platforms for their existing websites and resources. By providing for mobile friendly forms of state websites the state will ensure wide spread, equivalent and improved access to state resources.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Establishes that all state agency websites be offered in a mobile friendly form. Section 2: Sets forth the effective date.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A6658 of 2017 A10839 of 2018 A2719 of 2019 A2719 of 2020   JUSTIFICATION: Since 2007, with the introduction of the first Iphone, mobile devices and smartphones have brought about a technological revolution in terms the way consumers access and use online resources. Smartphones, tablets and newer operating systems for desktops and laptops have begun to shift the marketplace away from landlines and desktops towards more mobile pathways. To illustrate the demographic shift, the Pew Research Center reported on April 1, 2015, that 64% of American adults now own a smartphone, up from 35% in spring of 2011. The same research report indicated that 10% of American adults rely solely on their mobile device for internet access in their homes. Further illustrating the need for updated websites, in 2014, Google altered its search engine results pages to list websites that are mobile friendly as prioritized in search results in response to the paradigm shift that mobile device use has caused in internet access. The state remains in the technological dark ages in terms of providing Mobile-friendly access to citizens who rely on the state's services and resources. Being that the vast majority of state affiliated websites are only available in desktop format, the state is effectively double dipping by making residents use more of their data plans to access crit- ical information and resources, while taxing use of such mobile devices via cellphone and utility taxes. The state should ensure that steps are taken to provide equal access to all citizens.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal. The state already allocates funding for website maintenance to each state agency. Any additional cost in connection with the updating of such websites is expected to be recouped in the long haul through reductions in data traffic thanks to significantly smaller website data requirements.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become law.
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A02157 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 14, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. FERNANDEZ, VANEL, SOLAGES, WILLIAMS, EPSTEIN,
          TI, STECK, REILLY, SMULLEN, DeSTEFANO -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.  of
          A.  DAVILA,  MIKULIN,  SIMON,  THIELE -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Governmental Operations -- recommitted to  the  Committee
          on  Governmental Operations in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2
          -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as  amended
          and recommitted to said committee
        AN  ACT  to  amend the state technology law, in relation to state agency
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The state technology law is amended by adding a new section
     2  210 to read as follows:
     3    §  210.  State  agency  websites;  mobile friendly websites. All state
     4  agency websites, as defined in section two hundred two of this  article,
     5  shall  offer  a mobile friendly form and shall be made available for all
     6  mobile devices that support such technology.  For the purposes  of  this
     7  section,  "mobile  friendly" shall mean, with respect to a website, that
     8  such website is configured in such a way that such website may be  navi-
     9  gated,  viewed and accessed on a smartphone, tablet computer, or similar
    10  mobile device.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become  a
    12  law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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