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A05366 Summary:

COSPNSRBichotte Hermelyn, Cunningham, Raga, Gonzalez-Rojas, Burdick, Simone, Lee, De Los Santos, Magnarelli, Sillitti, Kelles, Hyndman, Epstein, Seawright, Dinowitz, Gallagher, Gibbs, Simon, Weprin, Cruz, Glick, Rajkumar, Davila, Tannousis, Tapia, Forrest, Carroll, Burgos, Rivera, Taylor, Dickens, Zaccaro, Rosenthal L, Fall, O'Donnell, Dais, Jackson, Reilly, Reyes, Pirozzolo, Alvarez, Benedetto, Septimo, Shimsky, Hevesi, Berger, Rozic, Mamdani, Sayegh, Levenberg
Amd Art 6 §6, Constn
Authorizes the legislature to increase the number of justices of the supreme court in any judicial district.
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A05366 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A5366                  Revised 3/8/2023
  TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to article 6 of the constitution, in relation to the number of supreme court justices in any judicial district   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The act would remove the current constitutional limitation on the number of Supreme Court justices, allowing the legislature to set the number of justices, as they can for every other court.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The amendment strikes out a single clause of a single sentence from article 6 of the constitution, removing the limitation of one supreme court justice per fifty thousand occupants of a district.   JUSTIFICATION: The current constitutional cap on the number of supreme court justices has placed undue strain on the judicial system, resulting in a severe backlog of cases. At least two jurisdictions have reached the limit: New York's first and twelfth judicial districts. Judges across the state are overburdened, and families are left in limbo awaiting legal resolution. These delays disproportionately harm people of color and the econom- ically disadvantaged. This legislation will increase the maximum number of Supreme Court justices, providing more flexibility for judicial districts to meet the needs of the public. This will expedite court processes, improve the public's experience of the judicial system, and ultimately ensure that the courts are better able to serve all New Yorkers.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: That the foregoing amendments be referred to the first regular legisla- tive session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.
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