NYS Senator Sponsors Bill To Stop Unfunded Mandates

May 31, 2013

A state senator from the Hudson Valley wants to prohibit the state from imposing unfunded mandates.

Democrat Terry Gipson of Rhinebeck has introduced legislation that would amend the New York State Constitution prohibiting the state from imposing unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts. Gipson’s legislation intends to assist county and local governments in their efforts to balance their budgets and reduce the cost of living for taxpayers. The legislation would allow local governments to choose whether mandates will be implemented in their areas, and require the state to fund mandates that are unreasonably costly. This bill directs the legislature to establish a Council on Local Mandates. The Council would be responsible for resolving any disputes brought by local governments.