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Bill, Veto and Recall Jackets

When a bill passes both houses of the New York State Legislature, the Governor's Counsel's Office collects memoranda and letters discussing the pros and cons of the bill. Materials collected may include a sponsor's memo justifying the lawmaker's introduction of the bill, counsels' statements, State agencies' official positions, study groups' comments, as well as the opinions of bar associations, lobbyists, corporations and private individuals.

These are submitted to the Governor along with the proposed legislation for approval, veto, or recall. Recalls are bills sent back to the Legislature to correct a defect, at the request of either the Governor or Legislature, but then are not returned to the Governor's Office for approval or disapproval.

Depending on the Governor's decision, the materials collected become parts of different "jacket" collections. Bills signed into law are placed in the Governor's Bill Jacket Collection; vetoed bills, in the Governor's Veto Jacket Collection; and recalled bills, in the Governor's Recall Jacket Collection. These collections are generally sent by the Governor's Counsel's Office to the New York State Archives in the summer after the legislative session has ended. Many of these jackets have been copied in microform and are available from the State Library.

Source: New York State Library,

To obtain a NYS Bill Jacket:

Source: New York > Search Analysis & CLE Materials > All New York Treatises & Analytical Materials > NY CLS Desk Edition Civil Practice Annual
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