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Senate Passes "Green Jobs/Green NY" Bill

Last night the Senate passed the grounbreaking Green Jobs/Green NY bill, a measure that will create thousands of jobs across the state and help hundreds of thousands of families and businesses from Montauk to Buffalo save up to a billion dollars annually in energy costs. The bill, which passed the Senate 52-8 and passed the Assembly unanimously, is a major step toward rebuilding New York’s crippled economy and rescuing the state’s energy consumers.

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8 Things You Should Know About Green Jobs/Green NY

8 Things You Should Know About Green Jobs/Green NY

The Senate will act on the Green Jobs/Green NY bill this week and here are 8 things about this grounbreaking legislation that you should know.

1. The bill, (S.5888) is a Job Creation program that pays for itself through energy savings and revitalization of economically distressed communities.

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More On Senate Rules Reforms

 

Last evening, the New York State Senate passed an historic resolution that calls for a sweeping slate of new and significant reforms that changes the way the Senate functions. Those reforms to the Rules of the Senate include term limits on leadership positions, equal staffing allocation for all 62 Senators and increased public access to information and data produced by the Senate.

 

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Senate Has New Tasks For Temporary Committee

Along with new rules, the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform tasked with reporting by December 1, 2009, on: reducing  the  total  number  of standing  committees,  which require changes in the Legislative Law; creating  subcommittees  in  areas  of relatively narrow jurisdiction; limiting the number of standing committees on which members serve; requiring members to be physically present to vote in committee; and recording attendance.

 

File: 
Senate Resolution No. 2843.pdf

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Joint Advisory Board on Broadcast of State Government Proceedings Passes with New Rules

Last night, the Senate also passed a Joint Resolution with the Assembly to create a Joint Advisory Board.

The goal of the new entity is twofold: to devise a plan for a state public affairs television network, i.e., state version of C-SPAN, and to increase programming currently available on the Legislative cable channel.

File: 
Senate Resolution No. 2775.pdf

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Senate Rules Reform Part 2

Brief overview of the reforms contained in the new rules resolution (R2844) include:

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Senate Passes Historic Rules Resolution Sponsored by Smith/Valesky

Last night the Senate passed a historic resolution that reforms the operating rules of the chamber, fulfilling promises made by Senator Smith in 2007 and the opening of session and  following the recommendations made by the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform in its report on April 21, 2009.

More on the rules later; attached is the rules resolution.

 

File: 
2009-2010 Senate Rules.pdf

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Senate Passes One Hundred Critical Bills [Updated 7.20.09]

Note: Following the resolution of the leadership dispute that began on June 8th, 2009. all of the bills referenced below were brought to the floor again during regular Senate sessions convened the week of July 13th, 2009.

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Paterson v. Adams, et. al. - Materials [Updated 6.30.09]

On Friday, June 26, Governor Paterson sued all 62 Senators, asking Justice Joseph Teresi to issue a writ of mandamus ordering the Senate to convene with a quorum for extraordinary session. 

The case is returnable on Monday, June 29 at 4PM. 

A copy of petitioner's papers are available here.

Update 6.29.09

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Proposed Bipartisan Operating Agreement for Extraordinary Session Called by Governor

The New York State Senate remains deadlocked with 31 Senators in the Democratic Conference and 31 Senators affiliated with the Republican Conference.

The Governor has called for an extraordinary session in which to pass time-sensitive legislation. 

Find a copy of the proposed bipartisan operating agreement to run the extraoardinary session, put forward by the Senate Democratic Conference on June 22nd, 2009, here.

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