Senate Rules-Reform Report Delayed

ALBANY—Change your calendars: the Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform won't be releasing its report until April 24.

ALBANY—Change your calendars: the Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform won't be releasing its report until April 24.

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State Senators John Bonacic and David Valesky, the bipartisan co-chairs of the committee, wrote a letter to the leaders of their respective conferences asking for an 11-day delay, citing the fact that the legislature will not be in session during the week of April 13, due to religious holidays. Andrew Stengel, who is the committee's executive director, provided the above letter requesting the delay.

The letter, dated April 2, notes that the State Senate had yet to adopt the state budget, which of course it has now done, in a process described as a "sham" by Republicans. At the time the Temporary Commission was formed Republicans blasted it for dilly-dallying on reform until after the spending plan was put in place.

This report is supposed to lay the framework for changes to the body's aged rules structure. Majority Leader Malcolm Smith promised a more equitable and transparent chamber several times before his party seized the majority in November. The Temporary Committee on Rules Reform and Administration was set up after Smith took power in January, and has held several public hearings transparency, even as the state budget was negotiated behind closed doors.

Smith replied, saying he agreed with Bonacic and Valesky's assessment of the schedule.

Senate Rules-Reform Report Delayed