ALBANY, N.Y. – Three New York assemblymen and one senator will introduce a bill aiming for government transparency Tuesday.
According to a Twitter post and statement by Assemblyman James Tedisco (R-Glenville), he will be introducing the NYS Government Transparency Act, a bill that "will stop abuse of messages of necessity and prevent secret government from keeping public in the dark."
The legislation is "in response to the Governor's habit of foregoing public debate and rushing through legislation in the dark of night." It aims to stop the abuse of "messages of necessity" and prevent secret government from keeping many legislators, the public, and media in the dark when significant legislation is being voted on.
The group cites the recent use of a message of necessity by Gov. Cuomo to pass the NY SAFE Act.
According to the ‘The New York State Legislative process: An evaluation and blueprint for reform' by Jeremy M. Creelan & Laura M. Moulton:
"The NYS Constitution requires that legislators have the opportunity to read and consider a bill for at least three days before voting on its final passage, however, if the Governor certifies in a "message of necessity" requested by the Speaker or Majority Leader that a bill must be voted on immediately, those leaders can pass the bill without allowing the legislators themselves or the public any meaningful opportunity to review it.
Far from being reserved for emergencies, the Speaker and Majority Leader use the "message of necessity" frequently to bypass the State's constitutional aging requirement. From 1997 through 2001, a message of necessity was requested and obtained for at least one chamber's vote on 26.9 percent of the major legislation that was passed."
The four will hold a press conference Tuesday as 10:15 a.m. in room 130 of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.