As New York lawmakers work on the state’s fifth emergency spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, other measures have quietly found their way into law.

Legislators yesterday were scheduled to vote on the measure submitted by Gov. David Paterson to keep the state operating through May 9 because there is no long-term budget in place for the fiscal year that began April 1. The Legislature does not have the power to amend the emergency spending bills, putting pressure on them to pass the measures or risk leaving the state unable to operate.

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