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The Legislative Process
During the legislative session, each house of the State Legislature considers bills that are submitted by interest groups or lawyers working for different state agencies and executive offices. Once a bill is approved by both houses, the Governor has 10 days to sign or veto it. If he or she does not do so, it becomes law without any further action by the other houses.
The idea for a law can be a result of a person’s personal experience or can come from an outside source such as a government agency or interest group. Once an idea is settled on, it must be put into bill form before it can be voted on by the Senate. The process of drafting bills requires special training and usually involves the staff of the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission.
There are several phases to the creation of a law and each phase has its own steps in the progression from idea to law. It is also important to remember that, at each step in the process, there are ways that you can participate and contribute.
This guide will provide you with a brief description of how a bill becomes a law and the various points where you can contribute to the process. It is intended to help you understand how the lawmaking process operates in the New York State Senate and the role that you can play in it.
How a Bill Becomes a Law
A bill to create a law can be introduced in either the House of Representatives or the Senate by a member of Congress who sponsors it. Once it is introduced, it goes through a series of research, discussion, and changes by committee before it is put before the chamber that first introduced it for voting on.
If the bill passes that chamber, it will then be sent to the other chamber and voted on. If it passes the other chamber, it will then go back to the other body for another round of research, discussion and changes before being voted on and passed into law.
This article has been updated with new information from the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, including a list of local laws and rules that the Department enforces. For more information, visit the department’s website at dcwp.gov and the City’s public access portal at laws.gov/newyorkcity/legal-resources.
Local Laws – Tobacco Retail License Requirement & Community District Caps (Local Law 146 of 2017)
This bill expands the current requirement to possess a tobacco retail dealer license and limits the number of new tobacco retailer licenses to be issued in each community district at half the current number. This will help ensure that only licensed retailers sell cigarettes in communities where they are banned and help reduce smoking and other tobacco-related diseases and health problems. The law does not affect existing retail dealer licenses that are renewed under the existing program.