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"The Past as Present: the Last "Dead Heat" in the State Senate, 100 Year Ago"
"In light of recent controversies, revisit Bennett Liebman's article on whether the Lieutenant Governor has the power to break a tie in the New York State Senate. (Reprinted with permission from: New York State Bar Association Journal, January 2009, Vol. 81, No. 1, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.)"
The Government Law Center publishes a variety of policy papers, and Government Lawyer in Residence Bennett Liebman posts regularly on the Government Reform Blog. Here's a selection of recent publications:
One Hundred and Six Ideas for Constitutional Change
In light of the 240th anniversary of the New York State Constitution -- as well as the upcoming vote on the potential for a constitutional convention -- the Government Law Center of Albany Law School and the Rockefeller Institute of Government have released a list of the kinds of issues that could be taken up if a constitutional convention is approved by the people. Even if a constitutional convention is not approved, this compilation, which reflects the views of a wide array of commentators, scholars, elected officials, the media, and others, may inform a future Legislative agenda. One hundred and six ideas were advanced. For more information, visit the Rockefeller Institute of Government's constitutional convention page at www.rockinst.org/nys_concon2017/ or the Albany Law School Government Law Center at www.albanylaw.edu/centers/government-law-center.
Protections in the New York State Constitution Beyond the Federal Bill of Rights The New York State Constitution protects individual rights in many ways the U.S. Constitution does not. This pamphlet illustrates some of the ways in which certain rights are more expansively protected – while other rights are recognized in the state constitution that the federal constitution does not recognize at all. By invited contributors; edited by Scott N. Fein and Andrew B. Ayers. A co-publication with the Rockefeller Institute of Government. April 18, 2017.
“What Are You Going to Do About It?” – Ethics and Corruption Issues in the New York State Constitution In the debate over whether New Yorkers should vote to convene a state constitutional convention in 2017, many people have argued that only a constitutional convention can address the need for ethics reform in state government. This publication reviews the long history of governmental-ethics provisions in the New York State Constitution. Contrary to popular belief, the state constitution does contain some ethics provisions, and it has in the past contained others. But these ethics provisions have not been very effective, for reasons that bear examining. A GLC research paper by Bennett Liebman. April 2017.
Crime in New York State in 2015 Is crime in New York increasing or decreasing, and how is it changing? Some surprising facts about which cities and counties have the highest crime rates, and the difference between upstate and downstate communities. By Bennett Liebman on the GLC’s Government Reform blog. April 5, 2017
A Quotable History of New York Corruption From the late 18th century to the early 20th, a collection of quotes that reveal some incredible forms of corruption and some unforgettable figures of speech. By Bennett Liebman on the GLC’s Government Reform blog. January 12, 2017.
Land Banking under New York Law What laws expressly control land banks?
What laws are likely to control land banks? A GLC Research Paper, by Paul Sautter-Walker. January 12, 2017.