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VOTING RECORDS: LAW
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.

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

VETERANS' ADVISORY BOARD (Intro 216A) This legislation expands the Veterans' Advisory Board from five to nine members. Five of the members are appointed by the mayor and four are appointed by the speaker of the city council. Of these nine appointees, there shall be one representative from each of the five boroughs. All members serve for a term of three years.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members Nelson, Davis, Dilan, Felder, Gennaro, Gerson, Katz, Lopez, Sanders, Gallagher, Golden and Oddo; also Council Member Comrie

COUNCIL VOTE:
49 for, 0 against, 2 absent
Approved by the council December 4, 2002
Signed by the mayor December 19, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Helen Foster, Dennis Gallagher, James Gennaro, Eric Gioia, Martin Golden, Sarah Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, Andrew Lanza, Margarita Lopez, John Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

ABSENT: Alan Gerson, G. Oliver Koppell

TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION FOR SERVICE WORKERS (Intro 239A)
This law provides building service workers with temporary protection from loss of employment when the building that employs them is sold or transferred to another landlord. It requires new landlords or building employers to retain the workers for a trial period of 90 days, after which time each worker can be dismissed.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By Council Members Sanders, Jackson, Addabbo, Avella, Baez, Barron, Boyland, Brewer, Clarke, Comrie, Davis, DeBlasio, Dilan, Fidler, Foster, Gennaro, Gerson, Gioia, Katz, Koppell, Liu, Lopez, Martinez, McMahon, Monserrate, Nelson, Perkins, Provenzano, Quinn, Recchia, Reed, Reyna, Rivera, Seabrook, Sears, Serrano, Stewart, Vann, Weprin, Yassky, Gallagher, Oddo.

COUNCIL VOTE: 46 for, 0 against
Approved by council November 7, 2002
Signed by mayor November 27, 2002

ABSENT: Maria Baez, Tracy Boyland. Madeline Provenzano, Peter Vallone, Jr.

CHARGING A FAIR PRICE FOR COUNCIL CHAIRS (Intro 68)
Many council members like to take home the chairs they occupied at City Hall when their terms in office are finished. In the past, members only had to pay $35 for their chair, while taxpayers paid $932.45 for the replacement. This legislation requires that council members must now pay "fair market value" if they want to take home a seat.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: The Speaker (Councilmember Gifford Miller) and council members Leroy Comrie, Ruben Diaz, Lewis Fidler, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Michael McMahon, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn and Dominic Recchia Jr.; also council members Joseph Addabbo Jr., James Gennaro, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson and Joel Rivera.

COUNCIL VOTE: 50 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council, April 10, 2002
Signed by mayor April 30, 2002

ABSENT: Bill DeBlasio


FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE LAW FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS (Intro 181)
With the aim of insuring that government officials do not have competing business interests, those who make more than $83,000 a year must file financial disclosure statements.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members Helen Sears, Leroy Comrie, Ruben Diaz, Lewis Fidler, David Weprin, Kendall Stewart and Michael Nelson

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 for, 0 against Passed by council April 24, 2002 Signed by mayor April 30, 2002


REGULATIONS ON ITEMS FOR SALE AT NEWSSTANDS (Intro 28)
This law lifts the $5 price limit on periodicals and prepaid phone and transit cards sold at newsstands. These items may now be sold at any price. No other items, however, may cost more than $5. All food sold at newsstands must be pre-packaged. Newsstands are prohibited from selling apparel, jewelry, hair ornaments, handbags and video cassettes.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members Philip Reed, Diana Reyna and Kendall Stewart

COUNCIL VOTE: 51 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining
Approved by council March 13, 2002
Signed by mayor April 2, 2002


BILLS PENDING

GUILIANI RECORDS (Intro 102)
When former Mayor Rudolph Giulinai left office in December of 2001, he took the records from his administration to a warehouse in Queens rather than turning them over to the Municipal Library. Giuliani then created a non-profit group that he says will oversee the organization and archiving of these records. Many historians and archivists argue that these are public records that belong to the city. This legislation requires that these records -- and those belonging to all public officials -- remain in the public realm. (Read more about this issue on Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Bill Perkins, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Gale Brewer, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Margarita Lopez, Michael Nelson, Christine Quinn, Philip Reed, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook and Kendall Stewart; also Councilmember Eric Gioia

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