New York Law

Law New is a collection of articles that describe the laws of New York, including constitutional, statutory and regulatory law. The articles also describe the law governing local government, including cities, towns, villages, school boards and committees, commissions and legislative bodies of state agencies. The law of the City of New York is included, as well as those of the other “public bodies” covered by the Open Meetings Law, including town boards, village boards of trustees, city councils, and committees and subcommittees of these entities.

A new law, also known as legislation or a statute, is an official rule that governs behavior in a community, nation, or country. Laws are proposed, debated and voted on by legislatures or other legislative bodies such as Congress, and when they are passed, become the laws of a society or country. The process of creating a new law starts with an idea for policy, which is usually submitted as a bill by a senator or other legislator. Once a bill has been drafted, it is published in the Laws of New York. After a bill is passed by both houses of the legislature, it is sent to the Governor for approval. The Governor has 10 days to sign or veto the bill, which becomes law if it is signed or, if vetoed, if two-thirds of each house votes to override the veto.