ALBANY—At this rate, the State Senate might not finish today.
The chamber is hearing the third of nine bills comprising the state budget, and after two hours Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein moved to close debate. Senators have spent the last forty minutes debating whether to do that.
”I am deeply concerned with this proposal,” State Senator Mike Nozzolio said. “You all violated the law that you supported just two years ago when you refused to allow open conference committees where these bills would have been vetted publicly and properly. Where’s the transparency?”
This vote is falling along partisan lines, which means the Democrats should prevail, force a vote on this piece of the budget – which deals with health care spending – and move on.
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