Assembly Majority Block Finch-Backed Reforms

February 13, 2018

Today, Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) and his Minority colleagues brought an extensive reform agenda to the floor for an up-or-down vote. The provisions would’ve had a sweeping impact on the Assembly’s internal policies and parliamentary procedures. All were blocked by Assembly Majority.

“We want the process to be fair, we want the process to be open and we want to make sure we’re serving in an inclusive house where good ideas take you farther than connections to committee chairs and other insiders,” said Finch. “At a time when people are fed up with bitter partisanship, The Assembly Majority will have to explain to New Yorkers why they blocked every single one of our reforms in lockstep,” said Finch.

Major reforms rejected by The Assembly Majority include:

  • Term limits for the speaker, legislative leaders and committee chairs.
  • Allow each Assembly Politicians in the chamber to bring one bill to the floor each term for an up-or-down vote.
  • Equal staff budgets for each member’s office.
  • Allow one-third of a committee’s members to petition for public hearings on legislation that requires additional oversight.
  • Require a supermajority vote to extend session past its eight-hour limit.
  • Require a two-thirds vote to accept the governor’s Messages of Necessity.

“The Assembly Majority are focused on Tide Pods. They’re focused on giving tablets away to incarcerated felons. We’re working with our staff to draft serious legislation because one thing we’ve all been hearing from our constituents is that they want us to clean up Albany. We want to restore public trust in important institutions. They’re blocking our reform proposals just because we’re Minority and they’re Majority. I can’t believe that all of their members are really against all of these reform measures, because they just make sense,” said Finch.