In the words of Yogi Berra and the hit song by Lenny Kravitz, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” The final gavel on the 2023 Legislative Session, which was scheduled to end on Thursday, June 8, 2023, finally came down on Wedneday, June 21, 2023 around 8:30 p.m. as the Assembly gaveled out for the year. The Senate pulled an all- nighter to complete its work and adjourned around 2:30 am Saturday, June 10, 2023. Barring any extraordinary issues/circumstances, the Legislature is not expected to return until January.
What was expected to be the final week of the Legislation Session came with the typical frenzied pace with a race against the clock to reach agreements on bills with enough time to pass without messages of necessity. For context, between June 5, 2023, and June 10, 2023, 503 bills passed both houses. Among the higher profile and debated pieces of legislation to be taken up by the Legislature was the Clean Slate bill, which if signed into law, will seal misdemeanor and felony criminal convictions after a certain period of time and conditions (see additional details in report), as well as legislation to establish a New York State Community Commission on Reparations Remedies. A grand bargain on creating additional affordable housing and tenant protections, which the Governor had sought as part of the budget, also remained elusive with the Governor and Legislature pointing fingers at each other. Notwithstanding the above, there was consequential legislation passed across many subject areas including health, nursing homes/long-term care, mental health, insurance, labor, and scope of practice/professions. Below is a summary by subject area.
Session Statistics: For those who keep track of such things: Since January 1, 2023, the start of the 2-year term of the Legislature through Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 14,973 bills were introduced. Since January 1, 2023, through June 10, 2023, the Senate passed 1,648 bills, while the Assembly passed 1,026 bills. Of the 896 bills that passed both houses this year: 135 have been signed into law, two have been vetoed, two are on the Governor’s desk (as of 6/22/23) and 759 have not yet been delivered to the Governor. As a comparison, taking into account the same time period, 1,007 bills passed both houses in 2022, compared to 892 in 2021, 414 in 2020, 935 in 2019, 641 in 2018, 606 in 2017, 618 in 2016, 718 bills in 2015, 658 in 2014, and 650 in 2013.
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