Posted at: 06/30/2013 11:49 AM
By: Associated Press
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature relied on an emergency provision in the constitution that allows lawmakers to suspend a requirement for three days' public review of bills during this year's end-of-session rush.
Cuomo had said for weeks he wouldn't use the shortcuts. But he and the Legislature did just that, adopting late amendments to two of the biggest bills passed in the final days of the 2013 session.
The emergency that justified use of the messages was that nobody wanted to stick around Albany.
The mostly overlooked message of necessity orders were amended versions of a casino expansion bill and another to enact a tax-free incentive to attract employers.
Cuomo says the changes negotiated behind closed doors were only minor technical fixes.