Ten Steps Lawmakers Can Take to Reform Albany
STEP 1: Redistricting. Support the creation of an independent redistricting commission based on the state of Iowa's successful model.
STEP 2: Campaign Finance. The Senate should support the Governor's campaign finance legislation and go to conference committee with the Assembly.
STEP 3: Public Authorities. The Governor should convene a "summit" on public authorities reform.
STEP 4: Elections. The legislature should re-activate the HAVA conference committee and pass legislation to implement HAVA early in the 2005 session.
STEP 5: Freedom of Information. The Governor should issue an executive order to modernize the state's Freedom of Information Law by requiring "FOIL-able" documents to be available via the Internet.
STEP 6: Ethics. The Governor and legislators should agree to ban gifts from lobbyists and create an independent ethics commission.
STEP 7: Budget. The Governor should approve budget reform legislation and work to strengthen it in 2005.
STEP 8: Legislative Rules. Publicly support legislative rules reform.
STEP 9: Lobbying. The Governor should drop his opposition to meaningful lobbying reforms and the Senate should begin a conference committee on the issue.
STEP 10: Constitutional Convention. Support change to the selection process for constitutional convention delegates.
These steps toward reform are endorsed by:
League of Women Voters/NYS
New York Public Interest Research Group