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A no-name parkland bill

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 3:13 pm, Thu Jun 6, 2013.

The state Legislature has so many flaws it’s hard to know where to begin — the members’ outside employment, the bills passed without hearings, the frequent disregard of the city’s interests, the flat-out criminality of a shocking number of lawmakers, and so on.

This week we add a new flaw to the list, new at least to most members of the public who aren’t in on Albany’s arcane machinations. It turns out that a bill can be introduced with no one’s name on it, allowing everyone to escape any repercussions from sponsoring a potentially unpopular measure.

In this case it’s the bill to alienate a sliver of Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the United States Tennis Association’s expansion. It’s been introduced in the Senate by “Senator Rules,” that is, the Rules Committee. It appears Mayor Bloomberg is behind it, but he’s not a member of the Senate.

We believe any bill in any legislative body should have a sponsor’s name on it. Here’s yet one more reform to bring to Albany, one day.

Welcome to the discussion.