Legislative & Regulatory Process (LAW 914)

Legislative and regulatory process is a sophisticated, messy and complex affair but it is has been key to virtually all contemporary environmental advances.  Knowledge of that process is fundamental to understanding the history and enactment of the statutes, regulations and decisions that have formed environmental policy for the last 40 years. The course will examine issues and challenges of the budget processes, bill drafting, sponsorship, committee and floor rules, parliamentary procedure, constitutional authority, executive vs. legislative authority, role of hearings, majority and minority politics, bicameral structure and process, redistricting, judicial and executive appointments, and more. The context of the course will be the New York State legislative and regulatory processes as a microcosm of state and federal practices. A premium will be placed on student writing as well as research into statutes and their history, meetings with legislative experts, and individual student presentations at term's end.

3 credit hours.

Faculty: John Parker, Adjunct