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Inside the Capitol, twists and turns lead to the passage of many laws, but leave many behind. Photo: <a href="">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol, twists and turns lead to the passage of many laws, but leave many behind. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What the record says about the NYS legislature's spring

A look at the 2013 session by the numbers finds the recently concluded legislative session resulted in the passage of fewer bills, but more constitutional amendments. A good-government group's data-mining also turned up who talked a lot, or a little, and who got the most laughs this session.  Go to full article

Beverage and health care industries top lobbyists in new NYPIRG report

A new study finds lobbyists spent more than ever influencing lawmakers in Albany last year. The New York Public Interest Research Group says $210 million was spent lobbying the state capitol. NYPIRG legislative director Blair Horner says one industry stands out.  Go to full article

NYPIRG lists 50 ways to change Albany

Government reform groups have come up with a list of 50 ways they believe the state's next governor can change the culture at the Capitol in his first days in office. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Albany Has Most Lobbyists: 3,842

A study has confirmed what many in Albany know anecdotally. New York has more registered lobbyists than any other state: 3,842, or 18 per legislator. The numbers are part of a new report released by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. To make sense of these numbers we called Blair Horner, Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. He spoke to Gregory Warner.  Go to full article

Reformers Say State Could Improve Voter Turnout

Three North Country counties have the lowest voter turnout in New York State. The prison population pulls those numbers down, but voter participation in New York State as a whole is below the national average. That's according to a study by a student-led research group.  Go to full article

NYPIRG Releases New Report on Superfund Sites

A new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group shows nearly 1 in 4 state residents live within a mile of a Superfund or toxic waste site. With the state's Superfund program still $50-million in debt, environmental groups continue to lobby hard for action. Jody Tosti spoke with Mike Livermore of NYPIRG.  Go to full article

Pataki Urged to Veto Redistricting Plan

Good government groups are urging Governor Pataki to veto the redistricting lines approved by the legislature earlier this month. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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