Gov. David Paterson’s office has sent the following bills to the Legislature for tonight’s 7 p.m. extraordinary session:

– Balanced budget plan. (Bill. Memo).

– SUNY Empowerment. (Bill. Memo).

– FMAP contingency plan. (Bill. Memo).

Veterans of the 2009 Senate coup will no doubt recall all too well that the governor can lead the Legislature to water, but can’t force lawmakers to drink.

In other words: He can call the session and set the agenda, but he can’t make lawmakers take action on anything. They can simply gavel in and gavel out without taking a single vote.

Some legislative sources have reminded me that this session is technically illegal because the two houses have been gaveling in and out of the last extraordinary session to keep it “alive” and block the governor from calling two concurrent sessions.

However, the leadership has decided not to push that point and agreed to bring members up to Albany tonight. (The Senate was planning to conference anyway; I’m not sure about the Assembly).

There’s word of a two-way pre-session press conference with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson, but no time for that has yet been announced.

Gov. David Paterson is expected to be in Albany tonight, too.