Smith Says He ‘Intended to Hold’ Conference Committees

ALBANY—Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith clarified his position on budget conference committees, saying in a statement he “has always intended to hold conference committees as part of this year’s budget process.”
However, it’s not clear if either Republicans or Democrats think that is the case.
“Because of the severity of the fiscal crisis, we intend to concentrate on clearly determining the areas where we have an agreement, announcing it openly and publicly in conference committees and then using our time in the conference committees to discuss and resolve those differences,” he said.
Yesterday, Smith told reporters “there’s a lot of things that we agree on, and really not opposing positions.

Smith Says He ‘Intended to Hold’ Conference Committees