NYPIRG has released its annual review of the state legislative session in Albany, finding this year was among the sessions that saw the least number of legislative agreements as evidenced by identical bills passing on the floor of both houses, otherwise known as “same-as” measures.

Between January and July of this year, 998 bills were passed in the Democrat-controlled state Assembly, while the GOP-led Senate approved 1,896. Only 606 same-as bills were passed in both houses, while 15,406 bills were introduced overall so far in this two-year session.

That’s compared to 1,041 Assembly bills, 1,752 Senate bills, and 618 same-as bills passed in 2016, while the number of overall bills introduced was 16,649.

The decline in the number of bills that passed in the 2017 session tracks the overall historical trend, NYPIRG said. Since 1995, the five years that saw the fewest bills pass both houses are 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

When the average passage of two-house bills during the tenures of various governors is compared, Cuomo has so far seen the lowest number – 643 – while the highest – 1,356 – was during the time former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller spent in office.

Although Cuomo has been criticized for relying on messages of necessity to push controversial measures through the Legislature, most notably the gun control bill known as the SAFE Act, his use of his power to expedite the legislative process by circumventing the three-day bill “aging” period has actually declined compared to his predecessors.

There has been little change since last year in the number of bills approved by Cuomo, though his use of his veto pen has increased.

NYPIRG’s full assessment of the most recent session as compared to other sessions appears below. The organization has also updated its legislative profiles for 2017, which can be found here.

NYPIRG's 2017 session review. by liz_benjamin6490 on Scribd