Assembly Minority Proposes Rules Reforms To Bring Light To Legislative Process

Kolb says proposals are designed to bring greater transparency
March 5, 2007

Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) joined his minority conference in supporting Assembly Rules changes that are being heralded as good-government reforms meant to provide transparency in the rules and procedures for the operation of the Assembly.

“The measures presented today are the type of reforms I have long supported to improve the way business is done in Albany,” Kolb said. “These common-sense proposals are designed to bring greater transparency, accountability and fairness to the legislative process. My conference and I have been trying to reach an agreement with the Assembly majority on these rules changes. We held off as long as possible, waiting for a response. We worked in good faith and left the chamber today disappointed that we didn’t have an opportunity to work through our differences.”

Kolb noted that despite a lack of support from the majority, there is substantial support from independent good-government groups such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters.

“Clearly the resolutions we introduced point us in the right direction, as they are supported by good-government groups that have been in favor of improving government and the process in Albany,” added Kolb.

Today’s reforms included proposals that:

  • Require convening of a conference committee when bills addressing the same subject have been passed by both chambers.
  • Call for committee ratios to reflect the ratio of Majority to Minority Members that are currently elected to the house.
  • Require a super-majority (2/3) vote for final passage of a bill imposing, continuing or reviving a tax.
  • Provide equal funding for the operating costs and staff of member’s individual offices, regardless of the member’s party affiliation or seniority.