Issues: Rules

Senate Rules Reform

Senator Seward comments on important new senate rules approved during the 2009 session. The historic reforms bring openness and transparency to the state senate and will mean better overall policies for New Yorkers.

August 14, 2009
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Senator Valesky Discusses Historic Rules Reform

Senator David Valesky, co-sponsor of the historic rules reform resolution, talks about what the broad changes will mean for the Senate.

July 22, 2009
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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

July 16, 2009
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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

July 16, 2009
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Senate Rules Reform Part 2

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

July 16, 2009
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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

July 16, 2009
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State Senator Liz Krueger Worked 7 Years to Pass Historic Rules Reforms in the New York State Senate

New York—State Senator Liz Krueger hailed the passage of rules reform today.  "These rules reforms represent a historic shift in the way the State Senate will now function,” said Senator Krueger.  "For decades New Yorkers have been clamoring for an end to business as usual in Albany and I am proud that after years of my arguing for these changes, we will finally have taken a giant step toward a more fair and transparent government that truly serves the people's interests."

July 16, 2009
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7/09/2009: Huntley on Paterson: 'He's The Ringmaster and I'm In The Damn Circus'

By Elizabeth Benjamin: The Daily Politics

The Senate Democrats are not exactly singing Kumbaya with Gov. David Paterson now that the leadership stalemate appears to have been resolved.

July 9, 2009
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Reforming the Legislative Process

Senator Griffo advocates for more open and transparent processes in the Senate rather than the current system.

July 1, 2009
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NEW REFORMS FROM NEW LEADERSHIP

Summary of Rules Changes

Temporary President

• The Temporary President of the Senate presides in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. He is subject to a term limit of 6 years.

• Appoints the Vice President of Urban Policy and Planning.

• Appoints officers and employees of the Senate, subject to the disapproval of the Vice President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader (VPPT). Appoints Vice Chair of Rules.

• Appoints the Legislative Librarian.

June 9, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on the Impact of the ACS Plan to Move Children From Child Care to Kindergarten

 

Subject: NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) proposal to move more than 3,000 four and five-year-old children from child care to kindergarten.

Purpose: To solicit input on the impact of the ACS plan to move children from child care to kindergarten

 

May 28, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Kevin Parker unveils Historic Rules Reform Report

Temporary Committee on Rules & Reform takes first significant steps toward reversing 40 years of dysfunction

April 22, 2009
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Fourth Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

On April 21, 2009, the Temporary Committee, with all members present, met in Albany for the fourth time in nearly one month to consider and vote on this report. The discussion and vote was preceded by four public hearings conducted throughout the state during the month of February. Following a robust conversation about the recommendations—there were many that had been agreed upon previously—the Temporary Committee voted to accept the report.

File: 
April 21st, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2009
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April 20, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Talks about Reform in Senate Session

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Talks about Reform in Senate Session

April 3, 2009
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Third Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

The Temporary Committee on Rules Reform was created at the beginning of the 2009 session to return New York State government to its rightful owner: the people. In a bipartisan effort, Co-Chairs David Valesky and John Bonacic have been spearheading a series of public hearings to solicit input from the public on changes that should be made in the way the State Senate operates.

The Rules Reform Committee met for a final time today to discuss the remaining open items on the agenda. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

File: 
March 25th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2009
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Second Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

The Temporary Committee on Rules Reform was created at the beginning of the 2009 session to return New York State government to its rightful owner: the people. In a bipartisan effort, Co-Chairs David Valesky and John Bonacic have been spearheading a series of public hearings to solicit input from the public on changes that should be made in the way the State Senate operates.

The Rules Reform Committee met for a second time today. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

File: 
March 24th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

March 24, 2009
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