As state lawmakers gathered in Albany to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fourth State of the State address, lawyers representing the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption and the very same lawmakers trying to quash the panel’s subpoenas argued in court filings over how to submit briefs.

It’s a modest update to the legal challenge brought by the state Assembly, Senate majority coalition and private employers of state lawmakers to the jurisdictional claims the investigative panel is making over its ability to pry more information out of the Legislature.

Lawyers representing lawmakers and their employees in a joint letter to Judge Alice Schlesinger wrote on Tuesday to the court that a Moreland Commission request for a single brief in response to motions made in seven separate and unconsolidated proceedings is “an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers under new York State’s Constitution.”

They added that such a sweeping consolidation would “unnecessarily inject confusion” into the litigation of separate proceedings.

Lawyers for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, meanwhile, argued in subsequent filing submitted on Wednesday wrote that filing one brief on the merits of quashing subpoenas “will be more convenient for the Court and will avoid confusion.”

Attorney Leslie Dueck added in the letter, “In our opinion, it will be more convenient for the court to read those overlapping arguments only once, in a consolidated brief that does not rely on corss-references to another brief filed by the commission.”

Alternatively, the attorney general’s office said it would support submitting a single brief of at least 60 pages to respond to all of the motions to quash or intervene.

The commission’s response brief is due on Friday, so the attorney general’s office is hoping for a response shortly.

Cuomo in his address on Wednesday referenced the Moreland Commission’s work in passing, and urged lawmakers to take up a series of ethics overhaul measures he’s urged in the past: stronger enforcement at the Board of Elections, tougher anti-bribery laws and the public financing of political campaigns.

Here are the letters:

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