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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.

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First 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 today to push forward on the Senate's reform agenda. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

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March 18th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

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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

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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.

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March 25th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

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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

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Senator Valesky Appointed to Advisory Board to Address Expanded Broadcast of Legislative Proceedings

ALBANY, N.Y.)--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was appointed to the Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings.

The eight-member, bi-partisan Joint Advisory Board will review how the Legislature can enhance the current Legislative TV Channel, launched in 2006, and provide more effective and informative programming about state government, based on the C-SPAN model.

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Statement from Senator Valesky: Senate Payroll Now Searchable on Web

“Consistent with the rules reform adopted July 9, 2009, the New York State Senate is now making Senate payroll records publically accessible online in a searchable and sortable format. This is another step demonstrating the Senate Majority’s commitment to making state government more open, accountable and transparent for the people it serves.”

 To view the New York State Senate payroll records go to http://www.nysenate.gov/opendata and search “payroll report.”

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