Senate Republicans Look Into Their Souls, Overcome Past ‘Fear’ of Reform

ALBANY—State Senate Republicans this morning held a press conference to present themselves as governmental reformers.
Yes, there’s the blatant hypocrisy factor in all of this: Republicans held the majority for forty years and implemented none of the things–empowering committee chairs, distributing resources more equitably, and imposing a six-year term limit for the majority leader–they are now talking about.
Why not?
“Fear,” State Senator John Bonacic explained. If a senator tried to challenge the power of the majority leader, or “dilute the power of the king” in any way, there could be consequences: “maybe they would lose a chairmanship. Maybe they would have a closet for an office.

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