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A04127 Summary:

COSPNSRMcDonough, Barclay, Friend, Palmesano, Giglio, Raia, Brabenec, Smith, Mikulin, Salka, Smullen, Walsh, LiPetri, Miller B, Ashby, Manktelow
MLTSPNSRCrouch, DiPietro, Miller ML, Simon
Add Art 4-B 76 & 77, amd 30, Leg L
Creates the non-partisan office of policy research and analysis.
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A04127 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to creation of the non-partisan office of policy research and analysis   PURPOSE: To authorize the creation of a non-partisan Office of Policy Research and Analysis.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends legislative law to add a new article 4-B to create a new non-partisan office of policy research and analysis. The office would be authorized to provide expert support to legislative members. The new office will be run by a director who shall be appointed by a joint resolution requiring the vote of two-thirds of the members of both the Assembly and the Senate. The director will be chosen for the Assem- bly and Senate to vote on by the temporary president of the Senate and speaker of the Assembly in consultation with the senate minority leader and assembly minority leader. The director will serve for a term of seven years and will appoint their deputy director. Upon request, the office will provide non-partisan and confidential information on the impact of current and proposed legislative policy to any member of the Assembly or Senate. On March l' of each year, the office will also produce a report which will include infoLmation about requests received, services provided, and a description of all non-con- fidential products produced by the office. The office will also provide expert testimony for Senate and Assembly hearings and hold seminars and workshops on policy issues. Section 2 amends section 30 of legislative law, as amended by chapter 766 of the laws of 2005, in order to provide funding for said office of policy research and analysis.   JUSTIFICATION: The creation of a non-partisan and impartial office dedicated to policy research and analysis is crucial in order to provide information to the members of the legislature. Currently each party has its own such policy researchers and the creation of a non-partisan office that can provide timely and expert information on the impact of current and proposed policy is something that has been tried and shown to be highly effective at both the federal and state levels throughout the country. Much of the information that the current offices provide for their respective parties is similar in nature and function, and so the accumu- lation of that information is often repetitive and only further enforces obstructive partisan conflicts. Data and figures provided by an office that is not embroiled in partisan rhetoric would be far more effective and highly beneficial to the members of the legislature and the constit- uents that they serve. The office is also set up to provide reports in a timely manner culmi- nating in a yearly report to be delivered on March 1' of each year. This report on the potential impacts of policy will be instrumental in help- ing shape the budget process in a productive manner. The selection of the director involving members from both parties, the non-partisan nature of the office itself, and its pivotal information to be provided in its reports, will also serve as a tool to help curb partisan conflicts in policy making.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.2284 (2017) referred to governmental operations A.2284 (2018) referred to governmental operations A.2284 (2018) held for consideration in governmental operations   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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