The New York State legislative session was extended beyond its scheduled conclusion last Thursday, as lawmakers continue to deliberate over critical bills.
The focus remains on the Clean Slate Act, a significant piece of legislation aiming to seal criminal convictions after a certain period, thus making them invisible to potential employers and landlords.
Despite the delay, progress has been made. The State Senate approved the Clean Slate Act late Friday after it was passed in the assembly earlier the same day.
The bill is now due for the governor’s consideration. However, these extensions, including a one-month delay on the budget agreement, have sparked concerns over transparency in the legislative process.
Critics argue that such practices deviate from the typical procedures seen in Congress and other state legislatures. Lawmakers are anticipated to work through the weekend to finalize the remaining items.
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