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Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched

As part of their commitment to increase public participation and awareness about the legislative process in Albany, the bi-partisan New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the launch of a new website: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sws/reform/index.html

February 10, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Holds 2nd Hearing in Albany

Today the bi-partisan Senate Rules and Administration Reform Committee held the second of four public hearings, at which they heard testimony from reform advocates and citizens for how the State Senate can improve the legislative process and become a transparent and accountable body. These hearings are key to the new Majority’s effort to open up the legislative process, and increase public awareness and input. In the past, few public hearings were held on important Senate actions. 

February 10, 2009
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NYSS Temporary Committee on Rules Reform: Albany Testimony Given February 10, 2009

Hearing MinutesMinutes from the Hearing in Albany

Susan Lerner, Executive DirectorNew York Common Cause

E.J. McMahon, DirectorEmpire Center for New York State Policy

Blair Horner, Legislative DirectorNew York Public Interest Research Group

February 10, 2009
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Second Rules Reform Hearing in Albany

The Rules Reform Committee held its second public hearing in Albany, opening up a conversation with New Yorkers about reform at the Senate. Findings from the hearing will be used as the Rules Reform Committee compiles its recommendations about how the Senate should move forward on this key issue.

February 10, 2009
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February 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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First Rules Reform Hearing in Syracuse

The Rules Reform Committee held its first public hearing in Syracuse, opening up a conversation with New Yorkers about reform at the Senate. The hearing was the first in a series to be held across the state. Findings from the hearing will be used as the Rules Reform Committee compiles its recommendations about how the Senate should move forward on this key issue.

February 6, 2009
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NYSS Temporary Committee on Rules Reform: Syracuse Testimony Given Friday, February 6, 2009

Hearing MinutesMinutes from the Hearing in Syracuse

Jennifer Drage, Policy Associate National Conference of State Legislatures

Tanika Jones, Syracuse Area OrganizerCitizen Action of New York

Joan Johnson, Co-PresidentSyracuse Metro League of Women Voters

February 6, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Represents A New Beginning

Last week, in a room deep within the Capitol building in Albany, an amazing thing happened. Five Democrats and three Republicans sat at a table and openly discussed a subject close to my heart—reform—during a committee meeting, laying plans for groundbreaking changes in how the State Senate will operate. And, for the first time ever, it was recorded and broadcast on the web.

January 30, 2009
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