Queens lawmaker passes legislation to shed light on state government procedures


Seeking to shed more light on the way the government operates, state Senator Michael Gianaris announced his legislation requiring state agencies to make the rule-making process more accessible was passed in the upper chamber this week.

Gianaris’ bill mandates agencies hold hearings when petitioned by at least 125 people and use innovative techniques for those public hearings.

The Senate took up the legislation as part of “Sunshine Week,” an annual effort to advocate for greater transparency in government.

“The COVID-19 pandemic taught us the crucial importance of transparency in government,” Gianaris said. “We should live up to our progressive ideals and make our government truly accessible to the people it serves.”

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