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date: 20 February 2020

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This article provides a discussion on New York State Legislature. The full extent of state legislative authority is encapsulated by the dual concepts of the power of the purse and the police power. The Constitution and laws of the United States are “the supreme law of the land.” The political party is the most significant organizational unit in New York State Legislature. The Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment conducts research and other activities necessary to prepare and formulate a reapportionment plan for the reapportionment of senate and assembly districts. The legislature's unwillingness to expeditiously and uniformly self-police possible ethical violations through existing means continues to aggravate the erosion of public confidence. Despite the great strides in improving New York's legislative ethics laws through the Public Employees Ethics Reform Act of 2007 and the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, there remains room for improvement.

Keywords: New York State Legislature, Constitution, Legislative Task Force, legislative ethics laws, Public Integrity Reform Act, Public Employees Ethics Reform Act, state legislative authority

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