With legislative session having come to a close late last week, this was a relatively quiet week in Albany as members shifted their focus to local primary races (early voting began June 12 and goes through June 20, primary elections are June 22). Some of the bills that passed both the Senate and the Assembly are being delivered to the Governor for his signature or veto, including one that would cover the costs of the impeachment investigation being conducted by the Assembly (S.7237/A.8037, Chapter 152). This is a process that will continue through the end of the year. Read More Here
The Legislative Session ended quietly with the Senate gaveling out Thursday evening and the Assembly concluding business early Friday morning.
The leaders of both houses left open the possibility of returning to Albany to wrap up a couple of items that eluded consensus this week, including the restructuring of MTA leadership proposed by the Governor and subsequent appointments. While there was little drama during the final week, hundreds of bills were moved by each house and more than 100 gubernatorial nominations were confirmed by the Senate.
Next week marks the final scheduled four days of the legislative session. Government relations teams will be scouring the active lists, and providing legislators with memoranda and outreach to encourage movement of priorities or holds on bills that negatively impact their clients. The session at this point has almost an anything goes atmosphere where bills that rarely see the light of day may suddenly show up on the floor for a vote and others that seemed to be obvious candidates for passage may remain in committee.