New York Commissions Make Law Behind Closed Doors - NBC New York

New York Commissions Make Law Behind Closed Doors

Critics argue the Public Campaign Financing Commission lacks expertise and staffing to craft laws

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    What to Know

    • Political appointees could receive pushback for writing laws for a $100 million system

    • Critics argue the Public Campaign Financing Commission lacks expertise and staffing to craft laws

    • A judge is set to hear oral arguments Dec. 12 on a lawsuit by minor parties who call the commission unconstitutional

    New Yorkers can expect more fireworks as political appointees finish writing laws for a $100 million system to let political candidates run with public funds.

    Critics argue the Public Campaign Financing Commission is the latest example of lawmakers and the governor failing to pass laws themselves and unconstitutionally shoving off responsibility to a state commission that lacks expertise and staffing.

    The commission has until Dec. 1 to release its proposal, which becomes law unless lawmakers return to Albany to overturn it.

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says lawmakers can simply return to Albany if commissioners appointed by legislative leaders don't act as expected.

    A judge is set to hear oral arguments Dec. 12 on a lawsuit by minor parties who call the commission unconstitutional.

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