Follow Your Own Rules and Send the Bill to the Governor, Speaker Silver

Fishkill, NY - (9/15/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to follow the Assembly's rules and send veterans' legislation that has passed both houses to the governor for his signature. The bill would waive the fee for veterans to receive a distinctive veteran's driver license.

"Why have rules if you don't follow them?" asked Lalor. "This is just another example of Albany dysfunction. This is a simple bill. It helps veterans. But the Assembly doesn't even bother to get it to the governor's office within the time required by the rules. Why wait? Governor Cuomo signed the SAFE Act into effect the day it passed. Why the rush with the SAFE Act and the wait here?"

Assembly rules require that bills that pass both houses and originate in the Assembly be sent to the governor for his signature or veto within 45 days of passage if the bill is passed in June. The bill passed the Assembly on May 29 and the State Senate on June 16, and the 45-day period has already expired.

“Earlier this year, the Senate and the Assembly did the right thing and waived the fee for veterans to have their veterans’ status placed on their driver license," said Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall. "The unexplained delay in sending this bill to the governor for enactment is unconscionable.”

Lalor continued, "Albany politicians just don't care about the rules, even their own rules. New Yorkers can't trust leaders that don't follow their own rules. Speaker Silver should send the veterans' fee waiver bill to the governor immediately. Follow the rules, Mr. Speaker."