Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Fun in Unfunded Mandates

In the wake of a bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, earlier today, a related bill has been introduced that seems to be its partner in crime.
Senate Bill 2707 has been introduced by Stephen Saland, and it would essentially require the state to pick up the tab for any mandates on local municipalities and school districts. (GOD I NEED BILL MEMOS! This stuff is indecipherable without them!)
The intent of the bill is to prevent "irresponsible state actions" that take away the control from local municipalities.
The bill would basically prevent any unfunded mandates that create an additional cost for a municipality or school district.
It is likely that this bill will be passed on Monday, as it seems to go hand in hand with SB 2706. There are currently no companion bills in the Assembly for either bills, and it is doubtful that Speaker Sheldon Silver would ever let these bills pass, let alone come up for a vote in his chamber.
It should make for great theater though...

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