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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

AMEND TERM LIMITS LAW (Intro 238)
The legislation extends the terms of eight council members, including Speaker Gifford Miller, who would have been forced to leave office in 2003 after serving six years. Under the 1993 term limits law, council members can serve only two consecutive four-year terms, but periodically terms are shortened to two years to accommodate redistricting. A handful of members elected in 1996 and 1997 would have had to leave office before serving eight years. However, the measure does not address another quirk in the law that allows four members, who were elected in special elections in 1999, to serve up to 10 years. (Read more about this issue on Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Leroy Comrie, James Oddo, Joseph Addabbo, Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Eric Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, Andrew Lanza, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Dominic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Albert Vann, David Werpin, David Yassky, Bill Perkins, Joel Rivera and Speaker (Councilmember Gifford Miller)

COUNCIL VOTE: 46 for, 2 against
Passed by council June 24, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, 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, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, Andrew Lanza, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, 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, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., David Weprin.

NO: Charles Barron, Martin Golden

ABSENT: Miguel Martinez, Albert Vann, David Yassky


BILLS PENDING

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.