Legislature Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

January 12, 2016

Senate Finance Committee Chair Catharine M. Young and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2016-2017 Executive Budget proposal.

These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic area, are intended to provide the appropriate legislative committees with public input on the Executive Budget proposal. The hearings will be available for viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites. The Legislative Channel (on cable systems throughout the state) also will carry the proceedings, which will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, the channel will resume televised coverage of the hearings.

In accordance with the schedule, the hearings will commence on Wednesday, January 20, and continue through Tuesday, February 9, 2016. The respective state agency or department heads will begin testimony each day, followed by witnesses who have signed up to testify on that area of the budget. Those testifying must limit comments to no more than 10 minutes.

Requests to testify must be made by contacting the appropriate person listed on the schedule no later than the close of business, two business days prior to the respective hearing. Because of time constraints only a limited number of witnesses can be accommodated at any given hearing. For each individual testifying before the committees, it is required that 50 copies of their written testimony be provided to the registration desk at each respective hearing.

The agency and the departmental portion of the hearings are provided for in Article 7, Section 3 of the Constitution and Article 2, Section 31 of the Legislative Law. The state Legislature is also soliciting public comment on the proposed budget pursuant to Article 2, Section 32-a of the Legislative Law.

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2016 Joint Legislative Public Hearings Schedule

January 20

Wednesday

9:30 AM

Transportation

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

January 25

Monday

9:30 AM

Health/Medicaid

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

January 26

Tuesday

10:00 AM

Local Government Officials/General Government

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

January 27

Wednesday

9:30 AM

Elementary&Secondary Education

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

January 28

Thursday

9:30 AM

Environmental Conservation

Jessica Jeune 455-3573

February 1

Monday

10:00 AM

Housing

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

February 2

Tuesday

9:30 AM

Taxes

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

   

1:00 PM

Economic Development

Jessica Jeune 455-3573

February 3

Wednesday

9:30 AM

Mental Hygiene

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

   

1:00 PM

Workforce Development

Jessica Jeune 455-3573

February 4

Thursday

9:30 AM

Public Protection

Jessica Jeune 455-3573

February 8

Monday

12:30 PM

Higher Education

Clinton Freeman 455-5491

February 9

Tuesday

9:30 AM

Human Services

Jessica Jeune 455-3573