State lawmakers in New York concluded the six-month legislative session last week after passing more than 1,000 bills in both chambers of the Legislature — a rate of production that easily surpasses the last 25 years in Albany.
The New York Public Interest Research Group recorded the tally, finding the Democratic-controlled chambers are once again more likely to approve companion bills that stand a chance of becoming law since the party took control of the state Senate in 2019 (Democrats have held power in the state Assembly since the Watergate scandal).
The analysis from the group found the Legislature approved 1,007 bills in the last six months that are "same as" — bills that were given approval by both chambers and can be sent to Gov. Kathy Hochul for consideration.
It's the highest number of bills to be approved in both chambers over a period dating back to 1995. And it easily breaks the 2021 record of 892 bills passing during that time.
At the same time, the use of the governor's power to waive the required three-day aging process for bills has increased this year. The "message of necessity" is meant to be issued when passage needs to be accelerated or, in theory, during a crisis.
Hochul, who is in her first full year as governor, issued 16 messages of necessity — the most for a governor since 2014 when Andrew Cuomo issued 17 of them.
Lawmakers may yet still return to Albany at some point this year. Hochul has indicated she would call the Legislature back if the Supreme Court later this year overturns the state's concealed carry law and once again address gun control measures in response.