How can legislation be passed through the budget process?

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Legislation like the elimination of cash bail was put forward through a budget bill because of Article 7, under the New York State Constitution. It affords opportunity for legislation to be placed in the bill to identify different projects or needs.

New York State Senator, Joseph Griffo explains that this is a historic tradition that goes back to governors of both parties.

“It gives the executive the upper hand. They already have a strong position in the budgeting process. So, one of the reasons they do this is because they know this is their opportunity to push a legislative agenda and force the legislature to deal with it because the consequences: A late budget, no pay, things of that nature.” —Griffo

We also spoke with Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon about the legislative process.

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