What Urgent Necessity? Gov. Cuomo Waives 3-Day Notice Requirement


New York's law is designed to make sure legislators and the public have a chance--at least 72 hours--to review bills before they are voted on:

2006 New York Code - Manner of passing bills; message of necessity for immediate vote.

§ 14. No bill shall be passed or become a law unless it shall have been printed and upon the desks of the members, in its final form, at least three calendar legislative days prior to its final passage, unless the governor, or the acting governor, shall have certified, under his or her hand and the seal of the state, the facts which in his or her opinion necessitate an immediate vote thereon, in which case it must nevertheless be upon the desks of the members in final form, not necessarily printed, before its final passage; nor shall any bill be passed or become a law, except by the assent of a majority of the members elected to each branch of the legislature; and upon the last reading of a bill, no amendment thereof shall be allowed, and the question upon its final passage shall be taken immediately thereafter, and the ayes and nays entered on the journal.

Gov. Cuomo could have presented a bill days ago, to be reviewed and debated. But he didn't. So now faced with problems in the Senate, he's trying to stampede a quick vote in the Assembly by waiving the ordinary notice requirement.

What exactly is the urgent necessity that justified amending the code, declaring marriage a fundamental right, adding conscience language that nobody is sure what exactly it does, and failing to protect parental rights?

The media as always is supine before Albany's latest shenanigans, bending the rules to push gay marriage.

What's the crisis, the urgent necessity?

“The continued delay of the passage of this bill would deny over 50,000 same-sex couples in New York critical protections currently afforded to different-sex couples including hospital visitations, inheritance and pension benefits.” -- Capital Tonight

If it was that important couldn't you have gotten a bill to the Assembly 3 days earlier?