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Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform

Published: October 11, 2006

Two years after releasing a landmark report on the New York State Legislature, the Brennan Center has concluded that the legislative process is still broken and remains in need of reform. Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform 2006 Update shows that rank and file members of the state legislature, as well as the general public, are left out of the legislative process leaving all New Yorkers underserved.

In 2004, the first Brennan Center report helped spur a wave of focus on Albany reform. Both houses of the legislature responded by making changes to their operating rules and promising that more would come. In Unfinished Business, the Brennan Center assesses the current legislative process, discovers some minor changes were made, but finds the process still plagued with endemic problems.