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New York State Law Revision Commission

Legislative Law, Article 4-A.    Law Revision Commission


§70. Commission created; terms and qualifications of members.

A law revision commission is hereby created, to consist of the chairman of the committees on the judiciary and codes of the senate and assembly, ex-officio, and five additional members, to be appointed by the governor.  The members first appointed by the governor shall be appointed for such terms that the term of one member will expire on each succeeding thirty-first day of December. The term of a member thereafter appointed, except to fill a vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term, shall be five years from the expiration of the term of his predecessor. A vacancy in the office of a member appointed by the governor occurring otherwise than by expiration of term, shall be filled by the governor for the remainder only of the term. Upon making the original appointments, the governor shall designate one of the appointed members as chairman of the commission.  Upon  the  appointment  of  a successor to the chairman of the commission, the governor shall designate such successor or other member of the commission as chairman. Four members appointed by the governor shall be attorneys and counselors at law, admitted to practice in the courts of this state, and at least two of them shall be members of law faculties of universities or law schools within the state recognized by the board of regents of the state of New York. 

§71.  Expenses; employees. 

Each of the members of the commission appointed by the governor shall receive necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duty.  The commission may appoint such employees as may be needed, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation within the amount appropriated for the commission.

§72. Purposes of commission.

It shall be the duty of the law revision commission:

              1.  To examine the common law and statutes of the state and current judicial decisions for the purpose of discovering defects and anachronisms in the law and recommending needed reforms.

              2.  To receive and consider proposed changes in the law recommended by the American law institute, the commissioners for the promotion of uniformity of legislation in the United States, any bar association or other learned bodies.

              3. To receive and consider suggestions from judges,  justices, public officials, lawyers and the public generally as to defects and anachronisms in the law.

              4. To recommend, from time to time, such changes in the law as it deems necessary to modify or eliminate antiquated and inequitable rules of law, and to bring the law of this state, civil and criminal, into harmony with modern conditions.

              5.  To report its proceedings annually to the legislature on or before February first, and, if it deems advisable, to accompany its report with proposed bills to carry out any of its recommendations.

Law Revision Commission of the State of New York.  Its Organization, Procedure Program and Accomplishment,
John MacDonald, Simon Rosenzweig, Cornell Law Review, 1935 







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