If at first you don’t succeed legislatively, do it yourself.
That’s the mantra being implemented by Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee Chair James Skoufis, who plans on doing a deep dive into all the studies the state has been required to do as the result of laws enacted by the state Legislature and governor. Legislation “to study, evaluate, and make recommendations concerning studies directed by the legislature” did not get a vote during the 2021 legislative session.
“My office – my team and I – we are taking it upon ourselves just to do it anyway,” Skoufis told The Capitol Pressroom. “We’re looking at all these commissions and all these studies that have been undertaken over the years, and whether they even got done.”
The inquiry will also try to determine whether the bodies tasked with conducting the studies were ever assembled.
We have reported numerous times on overdue studies and reports from the Cuomo administration, including the work of a task force trying to combat hepatitis C.