Friday, January 7, 2011

NYS Legislature PLANS Short Session

If you didn't like the lengthy legislative sessions that New Yorkers endured in 2009 and 2010, well you can rest easy, because this year the legislature plans on spending even less time in Albany.
If things go to plan (and why not?), our elected officials will be home after June 20th, with this year's calendar including only 63 session days, which is down three from last year.
Also helping matters is the positive encouragement from Sen. Joseph Robach, who was last referenced with his proposal to split NY into two states. Robach has also proposed Senate Bill 705, which requires the legislature to be sequestered if they do not timely pass a budget.
Under Robach's vision, each member would be confined to their legislative chamber until a budget is passed, with adjournments for a meal break (seriously). The legislators would also be placed under the supervision of the state police.
This proposal was also introduced in 2010, with a companion bit of legislation from disgruntled Assemblyman Marc Schroeder. Both bills went nowhere, but here's to hoping they both pass this year. Because let's be honest, who doesn't want to see our legislators put under state police supervision? Would they be escorted on bathroom breaks? This is the kind of future we need to make a reality!

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