GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Voting Records - Social Services

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VOTING RECORDS: SOCIAL SERVICES

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002


BILLS PENDING

EDUCATION FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS (Intro 93)
This wide reaching bill proposes A major overhaul of the city's work-for-welfare system, known as the Work Experience Program. It calls for the city to "administer its welfare programs so that participation in education and training programs is available to the maximum extent permitted by federal and state law" and would count more high school and college education toward mandated job work requirements.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: The Speaker (Councilmember Gifford Miller) and council members Bill Perkins, Bill DeBlasio, Christine Quinn, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Gale Brewer, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Ruben Diaz, Eric Dilan, Alan Gerson, Robert Jackson, Melinda Katz, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Eva Moskowitz, Diana Reyna, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Kendall Stewart, David Weprin and Hiram Monserrate; also council members James Gennaro, Albert Vann and David Yassky.

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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.