Reform, and Controversy

ALBANY—Senator Eric Schneiderman said the rules reforms adopted last night are “without peer,” but they won’t change anything in the Capitol immediately.
Possibly the most interesting rule is the petition for consideration, under which a bill languishing in committee could be moved to the active list (and, as such, to a floor vote) if 38 of the chamber’s 62 members sign a petition asking as much.
But there are two preconditions: first, the bill would have to be introduced to a committee for at least 45 days, and the petition must take place before the first Monday in June.
Essentially this means leaders cannot sit on any piece of legislation that has a comfortable majority of bipartisan support.

Reform, and Controversy