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New york state legislative history

  1. 1. New York Legislative History<br />Linda Holmes<br />Brooklyn Law School Library<br />
  2. 2. Federal Legislative History: House & Senate Hearings & Reports,Congressional Record, Compiled Legislative Histories.<br />
  3. 3. New York State Legislative History has been referred to as “looking for a needle in a haystack.”<br />
  4. 4. New York State Legislature, Albany<br />
  5. 5. New York legislative activity in 2010:<br />6,719 bills introduced in the Senate<br />9,261 bills introduced in the Assembly<br />496 bills signed by the Governor<br />A statute is the result of the combined action of the Legislature and the Governor on a bill.<br />
  6. 6. New York Times series on the “Albany Syndrome,” October 2002.<br />Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law<br /> (www.brennancenter.org)<br />The New York State Legislative Process: An Evaluation and blueprint for Reform (2004)<br />Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform (2006 Update)<br />Articles/Reports Critical of the New York State Legislative Process:<br />
  7. 7. Laws of the State of New York (KFN 5025 .A23) 1797 to date<br />McKinney’s Session Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .M3) 1954 to date<br />New York Consolidated Laws Service: Session Laws (KFN 5025 .L42) 1976 to date<br />Session Laws <br />
  8. 8. McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .A4 M15)<br />Westlaw: Database: NY-ST-ANN<br />Consolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5030 .A4 L33)<br />Lexis: New York – NY Consolidated Laws Service<br />Codes<br />
  9. 9. Lexis: Source: NYTEXT<br />Westlaw: Database: NY-BILLS<br />New York State Assembly: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/<br />Bills for Current Session of Legislature<br />
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  11. 11. Online:<br />Lexis: Source: NYTRCK<br />Westlaw: Database: NY-BILLS<br />Print: <br />New York Legislative Record and Index (1971-1984)<br />KFN 5007 .N43<br />State of New York Legislative Digest (1985 to date)<br />KFN 5007 .N44<br />New York Legislative Service State Report (1996 to date)<br />KFN 5007 N42<br />Bill Tracking<br />
  12. 12. New York State Library in Albany<br />www.nysl.nysed.gov<br />New York Public Library Science, Business and Industry Library in Manhattan<br />www.nypl.org<br />Legislative Journal: Daily record of actions taken by the Senate & Assembly, not verbatim proceedings <br />
  13. 13. http://assembly.state.ny.us/av<br />http://www.nysenate.gov/video<br />Channel 159 of Time Warner Cable also broadcasts legislative proceedings<br />Debates: Bills in the NYS Legislature can pass without debate<br />
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  17. 17. Transcripts: <br />New York State Library – www.nysl.nysed.gov<br />New York Legislative Service – www.nysl.org<br />Live Hearings:<br />New York State Assembly – http://assembly.state.ny.us<br />New York State Senate – www.nysenate.gov/calendar<br />Committee Hearings<br />
  18. 18. New York State Library – www.nysl.nysed.gov<br />New York State Legislative Documents (KFN 5005 .N496) <br />New York State Assembly – http://assembly.state.ny.us/Reports<br />New York State Senate – www.nysenate.gov<br />Committee Reports<br />
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  20. 20. Sponsor’s memoranda: <br />New York Legislative Annual (KFN 5005 .N499)<br />Governor’s approval memoranda:<br />New York Legislative Annual <br />McKinney’s Session Laws<br />Consolidated Laws of New York: Session Laws<br />Public Papers of the Governors of the State of New York (J 87 .N717)<br />Memoranda: On introduction or approval of a bill<br />
  21. 21. For current legislative session: Contact Governor’s Counsel’s office<br />1905 & 1921 to date (Microform): New York State Library,New York State Archives, New York Public Library Science, Business & Industry Library<br />New York Legislative Service (Fee-based service) – www.nyls.org<br />Bill Jackets<br />
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  23. 23. The BLS Library may be able to obtain a bill jacket on interlibrary loan for you from the State Library in Albany. Please speak to a reference librarian directly if you would like for us to try and obtain one for you.<br />Bill Jackets, cont’d.<br />
  24. 24. New York State Archives:www.archives.nysed.gov<br />
  25. 25. Digital Bill Jackets: 1995-2009<br />
  26. 26. 2008 Bill Jacket<br />
  27. 27. Letter from Commissioner ofDept. of Correctional Services<br />
  28. 28. NY-LH-REP: Documents include executive, legislative, judicial and sponsor memoranda, 1996 to date<br />NY-LH-VOTES:Voting records for bills passed 2005 to date<br />NY-LH-BILLJACKET: Bill jackets from the Governor’s office, 1996 to 2006<br />Electronic Legislative Historyfor New York on Westlaw: NY-LH<br />
  29. 29. New York State Law Revision Commission Reports, 1935-1977 (KFN 5014 .L33)<br />From 1970 – 1995 the Law Revision Commission Reports were reprinted in McKinney’s Session Laws (KFN 5025 .M3)<br />Their reports are also available on their website: www.lawrevision.state.ny.us<br />New York State Law Revision Commission<br />
  30. 30. New York Law Journal<br />New York Times<br />Syracuse Law Review: Annual Survey of New York Law (P Sy 8)<br />Legislative Gazette<br />www.legislativegazette.com<br />Times Union (Albany)<br />www.timesunion.com/capitol<br />Commentaries on Legislation<br />
  31. 31. Adelman, Elizabeth, New York Legal Research<br />(1 Ref. KFN 5074 .A34 2008)<br />Manz, William, New York Legal Research Guide<br />(1 Ref. KFN 5074 .G53 2004)<br />Manz, William, “If it’s Out There: Researching Legislative Intent in New York,” 77 New York State Bar Association Journal 43, March/April 2005.<br />New York Red Book <br />(1 Ref. JK 3430 .N5 2010)<br />State Legislative Sourcebook: A Resource Guide to Legislative Information in the Fifty States<br />(1 Ref. JK 2495 .S68 2011)<br />Print Sources for Further Research<br />
  32. 32. Legislative History of a New York State Law: A Tutorial and Guide to Library Resources.<br />Prepared by librarians of the New York State Library. www.nysl.nysed.gov/leghist/<br />Legislative Intent in New York State: Materials, Cases and Annotated Bibliography.<br />By Robert Allan Carter, 2nd ed., New York State Library, 2001. www.nysl.nysed.gov/legint.htm<br />Electronic Sources for Further Research from the New York State Library<br />

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