New York Legislative Law
Powers and Duties
1. The commission shall exercise continuous oversight of the process of rule making and examine rules, as defined in subdivision two of section one hundred two of the state administrative procedure act, adopted or proposed by each agency with respect to (i) statutory authority, (ii) compliance with legislative intent, (iii) impact on the economy and on the government operations of the state and its local governments, and
(iv) impact on affected parties; and, in furtherance of such duties, may examine other issues it deems appropriate. For purpose of this article, the term agency shall mean any department, board, bureau, commission, division, office, council, committee or officer of the state or a public benefit corporation or public authority at least one of whose members is appointed by the governor.
2. The commission may employ such staff and retain such consultants and expert services as may be necessary and fix their compensation and expenses within the amounts appropriated therefor. Employment by the commission shall be deemed to be employment by the legislature for all purposes.
3. The commission shall have the power, subject to the provisions of section seventy-three of the civil rights law, to hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony and compel the production of books, papers, documents and other evidence in furtherance of its duties; provided, however, that no subpoena shall issue except upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole membership of the commission. The commission may request and shall receive from all agencies such assistance and data as will enable it properly to consummate any such examination, and review.