In The Middle of the Night, Agreement on Rules

ALBANY—More than 12 hours after it was scheduled to convene in session, the State Senate limped into the chamber and passed a slew of new rules, the product of weeks of negotiation.
“I’d say on the whole they’re a substantial improvement,” Senator John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican, said. “They are less than what we hoped for, but far better than what they were.”
The rules will allow 60 percent of the chamber’s members to move a bill to the active list under a petition for consideration. It will also allow for committees to be made up to reflect the partisan makeup of the entire chamber, and ranking members will have the ability call witnesses in hearings.

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