Monday, 07 January 2013 14:34

Stewart-Cousins Calls On Skelos To Make New Senate Rules Public

Written by  Michael Johnson
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Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has just released a letter she sent to Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos on Friday, thanking him for meeting with her, and asking him to release the new senate rules today before they are put into effect on Wednesday when the chamber convenes.

In the letter, Stewart-Cousins says “it is clear that the Senate Republican Conference and Independent Democratic Conference intend to fundamentally alter how the chamber is governed.” But she does not provide any specifics as to how things will change.

Stewart-Cousins goes on to say, “Since we are meeting to vote on these measures a day before what is constitutionally mandated, it is crucial that all Senators are able to review these rules to determine how they will impact the legislative process, and ultimately, the public.”

Republican Leader Dean Skelos and IDC Leader Jeff Klein have yet to provide many specifics about how things will run in the chamber since they announced their agreement back in early December, often brushing off reporter questions about rules by saying it will be worked out between the two of them.

Among the questions that is still unanswered is how specific pieces of legislation will come to the floor, and whethr or nor Skelos or Klein will have the ability to block bills like gun control for example.


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