Thursday, January 28, 2010

About That Veto...

Liz Benjamin reports today that the Ethics Bill is still sitting on the Governor’s desk. If it’s still there on Monday at the end of the day Tuesday, it will automatically become law.

As my colleague Larry Norden pointed out yesterday, the governor’s veto provides the best hope of forcing the legislature to fix the significant mistakes in the bill in a timely fashion. It would be a shame – and rather odd, given Paterson’s earlier insistence that he will veto the bill – if the Governor allowed this one to slide.

The sooner the bill gets sent back to the legislature, the sooner (we hope) our lawmakers can start doing what they should have done the first time around: holding public hearings and meetings devoted to studying, improving, and correcting oversights in the legislation. Let's get to it.

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