A spokesman for the Democratic-led Assembly emailed this afternoon to note a 2012 versus 2011 comparison for the passage of bills isn’t completely fair.

An earlier post looked at the number of bills that have passed in the Senate and Assembly versus this time last year, according to an analysis from NYPIRG.

Lawmakers have approved 66 bills in both houses. Last year’s count in the middle of May was 81.

Last year lawmakers in either house combined for the lowest total number of bills passing since 1914.

But the spokesman, Mike Whyland, said it’s more accurate to compare similar years, i.e. the first year of an elected legislative session as opposed to the second year of a previous session since bills can pass twice in a session.

Whyland wrote: “We have passed more bills at this time compared to 2011 – 234 versus 173 The exact same number of bills have passed both houses this year versus 2001, and one more than 2009 – (66 in 2013 and 2011, 65 in 2009)”

Bill Mahoney, the NYPIRG numbers cruncher who put the analysis together agreed the more bills tend to pass in the second year of the two-year session, but isn’t always the case.

From his email in response to Whyland’s take:

“… they passed only 571 two-house bills in 2012 compared to 679 in 2011. The momentum of this year’s session certainly seems to be one of declension, mirroring 2012 more than 2011 or most previous years. We’re obviously more than a month from knowing how this session plays out, but their trailing of last year’s totals and the “state of limbo” you described certainly make sit seem plausible the final numbers will below 2012’s.”