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A09284 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing amendments to articles 3, 4, 6, and 19 of the constitution, in relation to creation of a unicameral legislature   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Creates a unicameral legislature consisting of seventy-five senators called the senate.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Article 3 the State Constitution by eliminating the State Assembly while enlarging the size of the State Senate to 75 members. The section makes necessary conforming changes to the legisla- tive and redistricting processes as needed to reflect the establishment of a unicameral legislative body. Section 2 amends Article 4 of the State Constitution to make necessary conforming changes to the powers and duties of the legislature and to the veto over-ride process as needed to reflect a unicameral legislative body. Section 3 amends Article 6 of the State Constitution to reflect changes to appointments to the Commission on Judicial Nominations, the Commis- sion on Judicial Conduct, and to the impeachment process, made necessary by the elimination of the State Assembly. Section 4 amends Article 19 of the State Constitution to remove all references to the Assembly as pertain to future amendments to the Constitution and for future Constitutional Amendments Section 5 includes provisions for ratifying the amendment   JUSTIFICATION: By creating a unicameral legislature New York State would save fifty percent of the current cost via administration, pensions, and salary. A unicameral legislature would set an example on real reform, streamline our state government, and end go nowhere bills that are not carried in both houses.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
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