Silver: Closed-Door Process ‘Absolutely Not’ Non-Transparent

ALBANY—The point was raised in his article this morning, but columnist Jay Gallagher just asked Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver point-blank whether the decision to bypass conference committees for the state budget violates a budget-reform law passed in 2007.
“If there are no differences then the act doesn’t require you to hold conference committees because you’re in agreement,” Silver replied. “What is required is, when both houses pass different budgets, they are required to go to conference committees to iron out their differences. If both houses pass the same budget, if both houses pass the same bill at any time, there is nothing to conference.

Silver: Closed-Door Process ‘Absolutely Not’ Non-Transparent