State mandates make up a big chunk of county budgets, but one local senator is trying to ease that burden.
Senator Tom O'Mara is co-sponsoring a bill that would make the state pay for mandated legal defense, instead of the county.
Currently, states are required to provide legal representation to anyone who can't afford it. However, in New York, that expense gets passed down to the county.
O'Mara visited with residents in Steuben County last night to explain the legislation and get more input.
"We talk a lot about mandate relief, and seldom see the Governor push through with mandate relief that supposed to come in junction with the property tax cap. So, this is one major area where we can provide relief to county property tax payers," he said.
O'Mara says that if the legislation passes, it will not impact the criminal justice system. The change will only affect where the funding for legal defense will come from.