GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Voting Records - Immigrants

2002 CITY COUNCIL LEGISLATION BY TOPIC

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VOTING RECORDS: IMMIGRANTS

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002


BILLS PENDING

EQUAL ACCESS TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (Intro 38)
This legislation would require that each city agency provide language assistance to anyone seeking health and human services. Each agency would post signs in 22 different languages alerting people to their rights.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members John Liu, Gale Brewer, Charles Barron, Leroy Comrie, Bill DeBlasio, Eric Dilan, Miguel Martinez, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Jose Serrano, David Yassky and Philip Reed, also Tracy Boyland, Al Vann and Lewis Fidler.

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RIGHTS FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS (Intro 96)
This bill aims to protect the thousands of people who work in domestic or household service by requiring employment agencies that place workers to provide a written code of conduct that outlines policy on wages, overtime, social security, unemployment insurance, disability insurance and workers compensation. Both employer and employee would have to sign the document.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Gale Brewer, Christine Quinn, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, Bill DeBlasio, Helen Foster, Alan Gerson, Robert Jackson, Margarita Lopez, Bill Perkins, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Kendall Stewart, Hiram Monserrate, John Liu and James Davis.

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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.