With Talk of Reform Taking Center Stage in Albany, Western New York Minority Delegation Unveil Own Package of Initiatives
June 15, 2009
On Monday, June 8, a bipartisan coalition of state senators passed a comprehensive list of rules reforms that, if enacted, would help bring long overdue transparency and accountability to the legislative process. On the heels of that reform package, today, the Western New York Minority Delegation, led by Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia), Assemblyman Joe Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda), Assemblyman Jack Quinn (R,C,I-Hamburg), Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R,C,I-Clarence) and Assemblyman Jim Hayes (R-Amherst), announced their own series of initiatives, which aims to increase government efficiency, reduce costs and create a more open, bipartisan democratic process. The Western New York Delegation package contains nine reform proposals, including:
- Term limits for Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader of 6 years.
- Term limits for Chairpersons and Ranking Members of 8 years.
- Publish agendas and votes (floor and committee) online.
- All committee meetings video recorded and webcast.
- Create televised programming, NY-SPAN, by January 1, 2010.
- Divide any member items evenly.
- Messages of Necessity shall only be permitted in actual emergencies, “such as legislation related to address acts of God, natural and man-made disasters and civil unrest.”
- Institute Member prerogative to provide each member an equal allotted amount of time to advocate for issues specific to their district.
- New motion and/or petition for Consideration created.
- Separate and in addition to motion to discharge. Permits a Member to move a bill for house consideration after 10 days on 3rd reading. If approved by a majority of Members present, bill is placed on next day’s active list. Petition process is same, except must be signed by a majority of elected Members.