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A06640 Summary:

BILL NOA06640
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00539
 
SPONSORFrontus
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §104, Pub Off L
 
Requires each local government to live stream and post video recordings of all open meetings and public hearings; requires each local government to post such recordings for a period of not less than five years.
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A06640 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6640
 
SPONSOR: Frontus
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to requiring all local governments to live stream open meetings and public hearings and make the recordings of such meetings and hearings available on the webpage of the local government   PURPOSE: This legislation would require local governments live stream open meet- ings and public hearing, as well as to make these recordings available on their website for a minimum of five years.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Section 104 by adding a new subdivision 5-a which would require local governments to the extent practicable stream all open meetings and public hearings on its website in real time. Further, this section requires video recordings to be posted within five days of the meeting or public hearing, and shall maintain these recordings for not less than five years. Section 2 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order calling for the live streaming of public meetings as local govern- ments met remotely. Local governments adjusted and were able to comply with this executive order, and the public has embraced this increased accessibility to their elected officials. In Buffalo, a City Council meeting had over 18,000 views, and in Ogdensburg a server crashed as over 3,000 constituents attempted to view the meeting. These are two examples that show how embraced this concept is by the public. Govern- ment, both on the State and Local level should be doing everything possible to increase public participation, and this legislation attempts to increase accessibility to the public. In addition, Chapter 185, of the Laws of 2019 required IDA's to adhere to the same requirements as constructed within this legislation.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day.
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A06640 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6640
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 23, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. FRONTUS -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Governmental Operations
 
        AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation  to  requiring  all
          local governments to live stream open meetings and public hearings and
          make  the  recordings  of  such meetings and hearings available on the
          webpage of the local government

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 104 of the public officers law is amended by adding
     2  a new subdivision 5-a to read as follows:
     3    5-a.  Local  governments shall be required, to the extent practicable,
     4  to stream all open meetings and public hearings on its website in  real-
     5  time. Each local government shall post video recordings of all such open
     6  meetings and public hearings on its website within five business days of
     7  the  meeting  or hearing and shall maintain such recordings for a period
     8  of not less than five years.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    10  it shall have become a law.
 
 
 
 

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04864-01-1
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