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NYPIRG 2013 Session Analysis

NYPIRG 2013 Session Analysis

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NYPIRG 2013 Session Analysis
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Friday, June 28, 2013 Bill Mahoney (518) 817-3738
2013 SESSION ANALYSIS
Subject PageTotal bills passed in 2013 compared to other years 2Floor votes lost by year 5Governor Cuomo's use of Messages of Necessity andProgram Bills 6Governor Cuomo's vetoes 8Constitutional amendments 10Rankings of the members who introduced and passed themost and fewest number of bills and resolutions 12Opposition to legislation: how many bills passedunanimously, which members voted against the most bills 20Absences by legislators 21Conference loyalty in the Senate: how often membersvoted with their leaders 23Conference loyalty in the Assembly: how often membersvoted with their leaders 26Participation in Senate Floor Debates 31Appendix A: Senate Bill Introduction/ Passage Totals 37Appendix B: Assembly Bill Introduction/ Passage Totals 39Appendix C: Senate Voting Totals 43Appendix D: Assembly Voting Totals 45
 
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As part of NYPIRG’s ongoing review of legislative activity, the following analysis examines the 2013 New
York legislative session to date. This analysis does not draw conclusions on the substance of bills or a
particular legislator’s impact, or the overall legislative output, since legislative “productivity” is morecomplicated and subjective than simple numbers. It is up to New Yorkers to assess their legislators’
effectiveness and impact. In order to be informed New Yorkers deserve information on the functioningof their Legislature and we hope that the following information will stimulate dialogue betweenlawmakers and their constituents.Unless otherwise noted, the following numbers are based on data compiled by the Legislative BillDrafting Commission. This was obtained over the past three weeks, and subsequent revisions made topublicly-released voting results might not be reflected. Numbers are subject to change in the event of aspecial or extraordinary session.
Bill Passage Totals by Year
YearPassedAssembly, Jan-JulyPassedSenate, Jan-JulyPassed Both,Jan-JulPassedAssembly,Full YearPassedSenate,Full YearPassedBoth, FullYear2013 1,071 1,408 650 1,071 1,408 6502012 1,056 1,256 571 1,056 1,256 5712011 999 1,289 677 1,001 1,291 6792010 1,196 1,124 700 1,210 1,143 7162009 1,242 640 554 1,256 694 5882008 1,641 1,794 811 1,645 1,822 8302007 1,531 1,770 847 1,538 1,828 8612006 1,961 1,842 958 1,965 1,848 9632005 1,628 1,603 882 1,630 1,619 8902004 1,702 1,522 777 1,793 1,607 8792003 1,403 1,366 761 1,408 1,374 7682002 1,654 1,294 745 1,654 1,314 7552001 1,283 1,050 549 1,394 1,149 6622000 1,537 1,424 711 1,537 1,424 7111999 1,470 1,317 607 1,586 1,412 7321998 1,547 1,369 674 1,563 1,391 6941997 1,132 1,234 475 1,469 1,408 7581996 1,580 1,543 813 1,585 1,558 8301995 1,362 1,401 776 1,362 1,407 782
 
3While the total number of bills that passed both housesincreased from 2012 to 2013 (and may increase further if aspecial session convenes), the total of 649 bills is remarkablylow by historical standards. This is part of a broader trend:Since 1915, the three years that saw the fewest bills pass bothhouses are 2009, 2012, and 2013.
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It seems that a smallerquantity of two-house bills is a new reality in New York State.There are several reasons this might be the case, and theyseem to be rooted in both structural changes in the legislativeprocess and in changes in the productivity and total output of legislation (for better or worse) of the state Legislature.Some of this decrease may be due to the increasingimportance of the state budget. In 1969, one of the yearswith the highest number of bills passed, the budget was 577pages. In 2012, it was 2,890. While much of this increase isdue to the dramatic growth in government spending, thereappears to be a trend toward including a greater number of 
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Historic totals from 1920 through 1994 were obtained from the New York State Red Book. Earlier years wereobtained from archives held by the New York State Library.550750950115013501920193019401950196019701980199020002010
Total Bills Passing Both Houses
GovernorAverage Two HouseBills per YearMiller 908.00Smith 1923-1928 936.17FDR 1,047.25Lehman 1,214.10Dewey 1,189.00Harriman 1,289.25Rockefeller 1,356.20Wilson 1,348.00Carey 1,041.38Cuomo I 941.75Pataki 785.33Spitzer 861.00Paterson 711.33Cuomo II 633.33

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