Assemblyman Curran Proposes Reforms In ‘The People’s House’

February 13, 2018

Today, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 21st AD) and members of the Assembly Minority Conference put forth a comprehensive rules reform package to increase transparency in the Assembly, institute term limits for leadership and allow good legislation to come to the floor for a vote more frequently.

“Today, my colleagues and I proposed a number of reforms that would improve the manner in which we operate, thereby serving the people of Nassau County and all of New York better,” said Curran. “I believe term limits for legislative leadership will breed fresh and innovative ideas and keep one person from amassing too much power. Allowing solid legislation to come up for consideration, regardless of who sponsors it, will allow for better policies across the state. Proper vetting of Assembly Speaker candidates will ensure that ‘The People’s House’ is led by someone with the proper experience and the right goals and objectives to lead the state forward.”

In all, the Assembly Minority submitted 14 rules reform measures, including:

  • Requiring candidates for Assembly Speaker to answer questions in open session regarding their background, qualifications, objectives, proposals, etc. prior to selection;
  • Allowing each member to bring one substantive piece of legislation to the floor for a vote once during every two-year term;
  • Imposing eight-year term limits on the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the Assembly;
  • Imposing eight-year term limits on all committee chairpersons; and
  • Allowing legislation with 76 or more sponsors to come to the floor for consideration.

Assemblyman Curran, himself, submitted a reform measure that would prohibit the Speaker from substituting a member of a committee and a committee chairperson would be prohibited from permitting a member substitution unless 24-hour notice is given to the Ranking Minority Member of that committee (E.821). Curran is the ranking minority member of the Codes and Ethics and Guidance committees.

All 14 proposed reforms were rejected by the Assembly Majority.