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New York Legislative HistoryLinda HolmesBrooklyn Law School Library
Federal Legislative History:  House & Senate Hearings & Reports,Congressional Record, Compiled Legislative Histories.
New York State Legislative History has been referred to as  	 	“looking for a needle in a haystack.”
New York State Legislature, Albany
New York legislative activity in 2010:6,719 bills introduced in the Senate9,261 bills introduced in the Assembly496 bills signed by the GovernorA statute is the result of the combined action of the Legislature and the Governor on a bill.
New York Times series on the “Albany Syndrome,” October 2002.Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law    (www.brennancenter.org)The New York State Legislative Process: An Evaluation and blueprint for Reform (2004)Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform (2006 Update)Articles/Reports Critical of the New York State Legislative Process:
Laws of the State of New York (KFN 5025 .A23) 1797 to dateMcKinney’s Session Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .M3) 1954 to dateNew  York Consolidated Laws Service: Session Laws (KFN 5025 .L42) 1976 to dateSession Laws
McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .A4 M15)Westlaw: Database: NY-ST-ANNConsolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5030 .A4 L33)Lexis: New York – NY Consolidated Laws ServiceCodes
Lexis:  Source:  NYTEXTWestlaw:  Database:  NY-BILLSNew York State Assembly:  	http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/Bills for Current Session of Legislature
New york state legislative history
Online:Lexis:  Source: NYTRCKWestlaw:  Database: NY-BILLSPrint: New York Legislative Record and Index (1971-1984)KFN 5007 .N43State of New York Legislative Digest (1985 to date)KFN 5007 .N44New York Legislative Service State Report (1996 to date)KFN 5007 N42Bill Tracking
New York State Library in Albanywww.nysl.nysed.govNew York Public Library Science, Business and 	Industry Library in Manhattanwww.nypl.orgLegislative Journal:  Daily record of actions taken by the Senate & Assembly, not verbatim proceedings
http://assembly.state.ny.us/avhttp://www.nysenate.gov/videoChannel 159 of Time Warner Cable also broadcasts legislative proceedingsDebates: Bills in the NYS Legislature can pass without debate
New york state legislative history
New york state legislative history
New york state legislative history
Transcripts: New York State Library – www.nysl.nysed.govNew York Legislative Service – www.nysl.orgLive Hearings:New York State Assembly – http://assembly.state.ny.usNew York State Senate – www.nysenate.gov/calendarCommittee Hearings
New York State Library – www.nysl.nysed.govNew York State Legislative Documents (KFN 5005 .N496) New York State Assembly – http://assembly.state.ny.us/ReportsNew York State Senate – www.nysenate.govCommittee Reports
New york state legislative history
Sponsor’s memoranda:  New York Legislative Annual  (KFN 5005 .N499)Governor’s approval memoranda:New York Legislative Annual  McKinney’s Session LawsConsolidated Laws of New York: Session LawsPublic Papers of the Governors of the State of New York (J 87 .N717)Memoranda: On introduction or approval of a bill
For current legislative session: Contact Governor’s Counsel’s office1905 & 1921 to date (Microform):  New York State Library,New York State Archives, New York Public Library Science, Business & Industry LibraryNew York Legislative Service (Fee-based service) – www.nyls.orgBill Jackets
New york state legislative history
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.Bill Jackets, cont’d.
New York State Archives:www.archives.nysed.gov
Digital Bill Jackets: 1995-2009
2008 Bill Jacket
Letter from Commissioner ofDept. of Correctional Services
NY-LH-REP:  Documents include executive, legislative, judicial and sponsor memoranda, 1996 to dateNY-LH-VOTES:Voting records for bills passed 2005 to dateNY-LH-BILLJACKET: Bill jackets from the Governor’s office, 1996 to 2006Electronic Legislative Historyfor New York on Westlaw: NY-LH
New York State Law Revision Commission Reports, 1935-1977 (KFN 5014 .L33)From 1970 – 1995 the Law Revision Commission Reports were reprinted in McKinney’s Session Laws (KFN 5025 .M3)Their reports are also available on their website: www.lawrevision.state.ny.usNew York State Law Revision Commission
New York Law JournalNew York TimesSyracuse Law Review: Annual Survey of New  York Law (P Sy 8)Legislative Gazettewww.legislativegazette.comTimes Union (Albany)www.timesunion.com/capitolCommentaries on Legislation
Adelman, Elizabeth, New York Legal Research(1 Ref. KFN 5074 .A34 2008)Manz, William, New York Legal Research Guide(1 Ref. KFN 5074 .G53 2004)Manz, William, “If it’s Out There: Researching Legislative Intent in New York,” 77 New York State Bar Association Journal 43, March/April 2005.New York Red Book (1 Ref. JK 3430 .N5 2010)State Legislative Sourcebook: A Resource Guide to Legislative Information in the Fifty States(1 Ref. JK 2495 .S68 2011)Print Sources for Further Research
Legislative History of a New York State Law: A Tutorial and Guide to Library Resources.Prepared by librarians of the New York State Library.  www.nysl.nysed.gov/leghist/Legislative Intent in New York State: Materials, Cases and Annotated Bibliography.By Robert Allan Carter, 2nd ed., New York State Library, 2001.  www.nysl.nysed.gov/legint.htmElectronic Sources for Further Research from the New York State Library

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New york state legislative history

  • 1. New York Legislative HistoryLinda HolmesBrooklyn Law School Library
  • 2. Federal Legislative History: House & Senate Hearings & Reports,Congressional Record, Compiled Legislative Histories.
  • 3. New York State Legislative History has been referred to as “looking for a needle in a haystack.”
  • 4. New York State Legislature, Albany
  • 5. New York legislative activity in 2010:6,719 bills introduced in the Senate9,261 bills introduced in the Assembly496 bills signed by the GovernorA statute is the result of the combined action of the Legislature and the Governor on a bill.
  • 6. New York Times series on the “Albany Syndrome,” October 2002.Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law (www.brennancenter.org)The New York State Legislative Process: An Evaluation and blueprint for Reform (2004)Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform (2006 Update)Articles/Reports Critical of the New York State Legislative Process:
  • 7. Laws of the State of New York (KFN 5025 .A23) 1797 to dateMcKinney’s Session Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .M3) 1954 to dateNew York Consolidated Laws Service: Session Laws (KFN 5025 .L42) 1976 to dateSession Laws
  • 8. McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .A4 M15)Westlaw: Database: NY-ST-ANNConsolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5030 .A4 L33)Lexis: New York – NY Consolidated Laws ServiceCodes
  • 9. Lexis: Source: NYTEXTWestlaw: Database: NY-BILLSNew York State Assembly: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/Bills for Current Session of Legislature
  • 11. Online:Lexis: Source: NYTRCKWestlaw: Database: NY-BILLSPrint: New York Legislative Record and Index (1971-1984)KFN 5007 .N43State of New York Legislative Digest (1985 to date)KFN 5007 .N44New York Legislative Service State Report (1996 to date)KFN 5007 N42Bill Tracking
  • 12. New York State Library in Albanywww.nysl.nysed.govNew York Public Library Science, Business and Industry Library in Manhattanwww.nypl.orgLegislative Journal: Daily record of actions taken by the Senate & Assembly, not verbatim proceedings
  • 13. http://assembly.state.ny.us/avhttp://www.nysenate.gov/videoChannel 159 of Time Warner Cable also broadcasts legislative proceedingsDebates: Bills in the NYS Legislature can pass without debate
  • 17. Transcripts: New York State Library – www.nysl.nysed.govNew York Legislative Service – www.nysl.orgLive Hearings:New York State Assembly – http://assembly.state.ny.usNew York State Senate – www.nysenate.gov/calendarCommittee Hearings
  • 18. New York State Library – www.nysl.nysed.govNew York State Legislative Documents (KFN 5005 .N496) New York State Assembly – http://assembly.state.ny.us/ReportsNew York State Senate – www.nysenate.govCommittee Reports
  • 20. Sponsor’s memoranda: New York Legislative Annual (KFN 5005 .N499)Governor’s approval memoranda:New York Legislative Annual McKinney’s Session LawsConsolidated Laws of New York: Session LawsPublic Papers of the Governors of the State of New York (J 87 .N717)Memoranda: On introduction or approval of a bill
  • 21. For current legislative session: Contact Governor’s Counsel’s office1905 & 1921 to date (Microform): New York State Library,New York State Archives, New York Public Library Science, Business & Industry LibraryNew York Legislative Service (Fee-based service) – www.nyls.orgBill Jackets
  • 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.Bill Jackets, cont’d.
  • 24. New York State Archives:www.archives.nysed.gov
  • 27. Letter from Commissioner ofDept. of Correctional Services
  • 28. NY-LH-REP: Documents include executive, legislative, judicial and sponsor memoranda, 1996 to dateNY-LH-VOTES:Voting records for bills passed 2005 to dateNY-LH-BILLJACKET: Bill jackets from the Governor’s office, 1996 to 2006Electronic Legislative Historyfor New York on Westlaw: NY-LH
  • 29. New York State Law Revision Commission Reports, 1935-1977 (KFN 5014 .L33)From 1970 – 1995 the Law Revision Commission Reports were reprinted in McKinney’s Session Laws (KFN 5025 .M3)Their reports are also available on their website: www.lawrevision.state.ny.usNew York State Law Revision Commission
  • 30. New York Law JournalNew York TimesSyracuse Law Review: Annual Survey of New York Law (P Sy 8)Legislative Gazettewww.legislativegazette.comTimes Union (Albany)www.timesunion.com/capitolCommentaries on Legislation
  • 31. Adelman, Elizabeth, New York Legal Research(1 Ref. KFN 5074 .A34 2008)Manz, William, New York Legal Research Guide(1 Ref. KFN 5074 .G53 2004)Manz, William, “If it’s Out There: Researching Legislative Intent in New York,” 77 New York State Bar Association Journal 43, March/April 2005.New York Red Book (1 Ref. JK 3430 .N5 2010)State Legislative Sourcebook: A Resource Guide to Legislative Information in the Fifty States(1 Ref. JK 2495 .S68 2011)Print Sources for Further Research
  • 32. Legislative History of a New York State Law: A Tutorial and Guide to Library Resources.Prepared by librarians of the New York State Library. www.nysl.nysed.gov/leghist/Legislative Intent in New York State: Materials, Cases and Annotated Bibliography.By Robert Allan Carter, 2nd ed., New York State Library, 2001. www.nysl.nysed.gov/legint.htmElectronic Sources for Further Research from the New York State Library