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Friday, June 12, 2009

NY Senate Reforms Upset

H/T to Ms Place Democrat for identifying a reform movement in New York Senate reported by that has the ACORN / Working Families Party upset over their perceived loss of power in the NYS state legislature. Monroerising reported that:
The newly formed [New York] Senate Coalition Government passed numerous reforms after the bipartisan group assumed control in the New York State Senate. . . . Despite having to work in the dark after Senate Dems turned off the lights in the Senate chamber (are you freakin kidding me?) and having the public shut out when the Senate session broadcast was unceremoniously turned off, the new coalition passed many reforms never before seen in state government. Here are just a few.
Rules Reforms
  • The Senate shall be administered in a fair, equitable and nonpartisan manner.

  • Committee Chairs and Rankers are term-limited to 8 years.

  • Committee membership will be proportional to membership in the Senate as a whole. Minority representation shall not be less than 33% on any committee. (Eff. 7/15/09).

  • Proxy voting in committee is eliminated.

  • Eliminates "aye without recommendation" members must either vote nay or aye on a bill, unless they abstain due to a pecuniary interest.

  • All agendas and voting records will be published on the Senate Website; all committee meetings recorded and webcast. A plan will be put forward by January 1, 2010 to create NY-SPAN statewide broadcast of legislative proceedings similar to C-SPAN for Congress.

  • No bill may be introduced without a named Senate sponsor.

  • Administrative Reforms
  • All members will have access to the resources and services of the Senate: supplies, print and media production, administrative services, and mailing.

  • District office allocations are based on the geographic area; larger districts will be allowed a satellite office(s) to meet the needs of their constituents.

  • All members will receive the same base allocation for staffing.

  • Committees and Leadership will receive an allocation for staffing pursuant to a resolution which will detail the amounts allocated for each committee or position. Amounts shall be proportional among majority and minority members to representation in the Senate as a whole, but in no event shall it be less than 33% for the Minority.

  • Central Staff funding shall be allocated on a proportional basis, but in no event less than 33% of the funds shall be allocated to the minority. Staff necessary to the functions of the Senate are not to be included in the proportional distribution.

  • Member items will be divided evenly.

  • . . . Meanwhile, the shady Working Families Party, formerly run by labor groups and now known to have affiliations with the voter fraud organization ACORN, immediately interjected themselves into the fray and strongly condemned these and any other Democrats who might consider working together with Republicans for better government in New York State. . . .
    Ms Place Democrat sums up the impact on ACORN:
    ACORN/Working Families Party have now lost their perceived power in the NYS state legislature because it is no longer under total control by Democrats who passed the worst budget in the history of New York state. And just where was their support of already overtaxed low-to moderate income families when the budget passed by Democrats included tax increases?

    Can you see the parallels now? ACORN, The Web of Corruption, endorsed Obama for president, worked for his campaign, committed voter fraud in 14 states, all to solidify their power base in DC, just like in New York state. The New York state senate has spoken. If only our “representatives and senators” would make the same changes in DC, literally clearing house of all the ACORN spider webs and its cronies.

    Tags: ACORN, New York, reform rules, Senate, web of corruption To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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    Anonymous MAS1916 said...

    At least New York Republicans are fighting the good fight!

    Just look at California if you want to see a real disaster. (they are making the CA story into a disaster film starring Arnold the RINO; )

    Conservatives out west have been very impressed with the Republican backbone in New York. Keep up the good fight!


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