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Lawmakers size up message of necessity

The message of necessity, that part of New York law that allows lawmakers to rush bills through the voting process, is a tool governors have used for years. Glenville Assemblyman James Tedisco is one legislator who wants to limit the use of that tool.

According to law, all bills are supposed to be delivered, in their final form, to members' desks three days before a vote. Exceptions to that time limit can be made if the governor is presented with "facts which in his or her opinion necessitate an immediate vote..."

Tedisco introduced a bill that would allow use of the message of necessity only in circumstances involving a terror attack or a natural disaster. He announced the legislation in February 2013.

 
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