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September 28, 2004

Seventeen Assembly Democrats urge changes to Assembly procedures

Seventeen rank-and-file Democrats in the state Assembly have proposed a series of reform measures they say would improve the way their house conducts its business.

The two main proponents of the package are Scott Stringer (D-Manhattan) and Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo).

Assemblyman Stringer said he has introduced a binding resolution to change Assembly rules governing how it considers and votes on legislation. A binding resolution can be passed and implemented in the Assembly without Senate action, “thus avoiding the chamber-to-chamber finger-pointing that is often used to defend legislative inaction,” Stringer’s release said.

The resolution would: