New proposed NYS bill could potentially put veto power in the hands of the people

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — A new proposed bill could potentially put the power in the hands of the people.

The People’s Veto Bill, which was proposed late last month, would allow voters to create a petition on any law that has a tax or fee impact.

If the petition gets enough signatures, the law would be suspended until a vote is held in the next general election.

“In this case, it would take 300,000 petition signatures in order to get this on the ballot and then you would vote whether or not you wanted this tax increase or you didn’t,” said Senator Richard Funke.

The petition would require five percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

Senator Funke, who co-sponsors the legislation, is aware of the obstacles the bill faces before being passed.

The bill doesn’t have a Democratic sponsor and still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill is currently under review of the attorney general.
 

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