Friday, January 07, 2005

Progress on Albany Reform

Forwarded Message:
Subj: Progress on Albany Reform
Date: 1/7/2005 12:31:52 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Reysmont
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Dear Friends,

The NYS Assembly will take a major step forward in the fight for Albany reform on Monday by adopting new house rules. These rules incorporate several key elements of my rules resolutions, based on the Brennan Center for Justice report, including:

-Ending "Empty-Seat" voting
-Making the Committee on Rules a true Standing Committee
-Creating an on-the record vote to accept 'Messages of Necessity'
-Expanded use of Budget Conference Committees

Click Here to Read Today's New York Times Article
"In Radical Shift for Assembly, To Vote, They Must Show Up"

The Assembly proposal is a tremendous substantive achievement in reforming the dysfunctional nature of Albany. I will continue to work for more rules reform in the State Legislature and fight for important issues such as state campaign finance reform and an independent redistricting commission. Thanks to all of you who have engaged in this struggle.

Scott Stringer

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