Monday, January 18, 2010

More reasons for a Senate Hearing on Ethics

Senator Bonacic says he would gladly sponsor Governor Paterson's ethics reform legislation (if and when it is released):

If no Senator in the Democratic Senate Majority sponsors it when it is released, I will sponsor it, because I believe these ideas deserve an honest debate.

Shouldn't we get a hearing on the relative merits of each proposal, including an in-depth analysis of bill language that is likely to have far-reaching consequences?  If even a small number of Senators are unhappy they were kept out of the process of negotiating the ethics reforms, and think they have better ideas (or have questions about specific provisions or language in the bill), why not petition for a hearing

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