GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Voting Records - Education

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VOTING RECORDS: EDUCATION

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002


BILLS PENDING

QUARTERLY REPORTS ON EDUCATION (Int. 215)
This legislation calls for a quarterly education report detailing the status and progress of all capital projects. The City Council hopes to better evaluate the goals, timelines, and expenditures of school construction.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Eva Moskowitz, Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Eric Dilan, Helen Foster, James Gennaro, Robert Jackson, Melinda Katz, John Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, Dominic Recchia, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, James Sanders, Kendall Stewart, David Yassky, Dennis Gallagher, Martin Golden and Andrew Lanza; also council members Joseph Addabbo, Angel Rodriguez and Larry Seabrook.

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HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW IN NEW YORK CITY?

When a bill (called an "Intro" in the City Council) is introduced, it is sent to one of 27 council committees for consideration. The chair of the committee decides whether or not to hold a hearing on the measure; at a hearing, the council listens to debate and testimony. The chair then can call for a vote on the measure. A majority of the committee members must vote in favor of an Intro for it to pass. If the chair chooses not hold a hearing or to not call a vote, the bill can sit indefinitely with no action taken.

Once a bill passes out of committee, it is sent to the full council. If passed by a majority (at least 26 of the 51 council members), the bill is sent to the mayor, who can also hold a public hearing. The mayor then must choose to sign or veto the bill. If the mayor signs the bill, it becomes a local law. If the mayor vetoes the bill, he or she must return it to the council at the next scheduled council meeting. The City Council has 30 days to override the mayoral veto by a two-thirds majority. In this event, the bill becomes a local law.

If the mayor does not sign or veto a bill within 30 days after receiving it from the council, it is considered approved.