Local prosecutors on Tuesday are make a last-ditch push against a bill that would create a commission on prosecutorial conduct.

The bill was approved in the Senate last week and is expected to receive a vote in the Democratic-controlled Assembly later today.

In a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Oneida County District Scott McNamara pointed a Justice Task Force in February 2017 having found a commission examining prosecutorial conduct would create a “duplicative level of oversight” for locally elected prosecutors and be a costly burden to taxpayers.

“We acknowledge the power and discretion attending our responsibilities as prosecutors, but professional misconduct by any attorney–prosecutors, defense attorneys, securities lawyers, government attorneys— should be subject to robust investigation and discipline by competent, well-functioning Grievance Committees,” wrote McNamara, who is the head of the state District Attorneys Association of New York. “This problematic legislation does nothing to provide that. We encourage the Assembly to reject this legislation, and to work to remedy issues plaguing attorney discipline fairly and equitably, with the same rules, standards and process for all lawyers.”

The task force’s findings also backed the creation of a grievance committee that includes active attorneys who would be provided with specialized training on standards for criminal proceedings.

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