Eliminate Legislative Waiting Period

, New York Law Journal


The required three-day wait between the time state legislators receive a printed bill and the time it may be passed should be removed from our state Constitution. First added in 1894, this provision was designed to encourage deliberation and prevent the hasty adoption of flawed or mischievous legislation. Instead, as the recent rushed adoption of the SAFE NY gun control legislation showed, this intended restriction on the Legislature— with the accompanying empowerment of the governor to suspend it in emergencies—has simply changed the way in which haste can be achieved and deliberation avoided.

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