Monday, January 12, 2009

Assembly's New Old Rules

With all the attention paid to the Senate last week, most missed that the Assembly adopted it internal operating rules before the State of the State on Wednesday. Do the new rules reflect any of the recommendations made in Still Broken, the Brennan Center's legislative reform update?

Do they remove the stranglehold of leadership so that committees will be the locus of legislative activity? Make it easier for the rank and file to force a hearing on legislation or for oversight? Relax the rules around discharge motions? Increase transparency by putting votes, minutes, fiscal notes, expenditures on the web? Make the allocation of resources among the majority and between the majority and minority more equitable?

None of the above. They simply passed what was in effect during last session.

The body of Assembly Resolution 6 reads:
ASSEMBLY  RESOLUTION  providing  for  the  adoption of
the Rules of theAssembly for 2009-2010

RESOLVED, That the Rules of the Assembly for 2007 and 2008,
as last amended, be adopted as the Rules of the Assembly
for 2009 and 2010.
Meanwhile the Senate votes on their rules this afternoon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiousity, why is it that all good-government groups touted the need for the Democrats to take the Senate, but not the Republicans to take the Assembly?

I don't see how it's 'good' for the state to have entrenched parties, regardless which one it is.