A majority (53%) of the persons who voted in last week’s poll question of the week on the Empire Page favor one continuous two-year legislative session over the current arrangement that requires bills not passed to be re-introduced each year. 38 percent oppose the change while 9 percent had no opinion.
One of the criticisms of the NYS Legislature made by NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice is that leadership exerts excessive control over the legislative process. One consequence of the one-year session is that New York has the poorest ratio of bills introduced to those that pass — just 9 percent in 2008 — of any state. Almost twice as many bills were introduced in New York last year in Congress.
One way leadership suppresses public discussion and debate of issues is by forcing legislators to re-introduce bills every year even if the bill made it through committee the previous year.