Yesterday, Monday August 9th, bill A2239a was delivered to the Governor. This bill would extend the maximum years of service credit that can be earned in a volunteer firefighter service award program from 40 to 50 years. Therefore, this also extends the number of years in which a participating firefighter can accrue benefits by another 10 years.
The timetable for signature or veto by the Governor is different depending on when a bill is delivered. If a bill is delivered while the Legislature is in session, the Governor has 10 days (excluding Sundays) to sign the bill into law, or veto it. If no action is taken, then the bill automatically becomes law.
However, if the Legislature is not in session, which is the current situation, the Governor has 30 days in which to sign the bill into law. If no action is taken, then the bill is considered vetoed. This inaction is referred to as a "pocket veto".
In the recent past, it appears the Governor has taken action within the 10-day window, even when it isn't required. We will monitor the bill and update our blog when action is taken.
Obviously, the Governor's resignation will impact the timing of the actions taken in some way. Again, we will continue to monitor and update our blog when action is taken.