New York State Capitol

Virtual Visit: Civics

Explore the process of how a bill becomes a law in New York State.
Virtual Visit: Civics
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Virtual Visit: Civics

Explore the process of how a bill becomes a law in New York State.

Fun Facts
Founded 1777

213 Members of the NYS Legislature
63 State Senators

150 State Assemblymembers
2 Year Legislative Terms

10,000+ Bills Proposed Each Year
Trivia

 

What are New York State’s three branches of government?
Legislative Branch (Senate/Assembly), Judicial Branch (Court System), Executive Branch (Governor).

When was New York State’s constitution ratified?
April 20, 1777 in Kingston, New York.

How long are terms for the New York State Legislature?
2-year terms, no term limits.

How long are terms for the New York State Governorship?
4 years, no term limits.

How many bills can the Governor veto each legislative session?
There are no limitations on how many bills a Governor can veto.

Can a veto be overridden?
A veto can be overridden with a vote in support of the bill by 2/3 of the membership from each House (Senate and Assembly).

What is the official New York State Snack?
Yogurt (2014).

What is the official New York State Beverage?
Milk (1981).

What is the official New York State Gemstone?
Garnet (1969).