In New York State concepts for legislation can come in many forms: from legislators and staff, to the Governor, individuals, lobbyists, or special interest groups. Many bills carry over from prior legislative sessions that have not yet become law. NYSHFA tracks hundreds of proposals in bill form each year, as many of them contain unfunded mandates or new requirements for providers and the individuals they serve.

When NYSHFA / NYSCAL has an idea for a bill, the first step is finding a sponsor for the legislation, then having a bill drafted. After a bill is drafted and has a bill number for tracking, the bill is returned to the sponsor for introduction. When a bill is introduced, information about the bill is available electronically and in hard copy from the journal clerk of each house.

After this point, it must go through some form of committee action, receive any necessary revisions, then pass through Senate Finance/Assembly Ways & Means, the Rules committee before it can be brought to the floor for a vote.

After a bill passes a floor vote in both houses, it is sent to the Governor for consideration. The Governor may approve of the bill and sign it into law, or he may disprove the bill and issue a veto message. Should the bill be approved, it becomes law as soon as it is signed.

Skilled Nursing
Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

Exemptions for Electronic Prescribing

Single Payer

Veto Messages

Should the Governor veto a bill, it is prevented from becoming a law. The veto message will explain the Governor’s justification/position and often a bill that is vetoed will be reintroduced in the following session.

  • Veto #238 – Nursing Home Bed Restoration Veto Message (2017)
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Assisted Living

Veto Messages

Should the Governor veto a bill, it is prevented from becoming a law. The veto message will explain the Governor’s justification/position and often a bill that is vetoed will be reintroduced in the following session.

  • Veto #241 – SSI Increase for Adult Care Facility Residents (2017)
  • Veto #214 – Assisted Living Program Certificate of Need (2017)
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