Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Committee Markup Recap

This morning, the Cities Committee used a markup process based on Brennan Center recommendations to consider, debate, and revise a Tenant’s Rights bill sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger.

The meeting, which was broadcast live online, featured amendments (and amendments to amendments) to the bill, debate about specific language and the best ways to address related issues, and clarification questions that helped to define areas where future research is necessary.

Senator Krueger says that the markup improved her bill, and describes the process the committee used as an “excellent model.”

We’re thrilled to see committees doing the substantive work that they are intended to do, and we applaud the Cities Committee and its chair, Senator Daniel Squadron, for showing the public and their peers how it’s done.

Now, the onus is on other Senators to follow Senator Squadron’s and Senator Krueger’s lead.

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