The Brennan Center for Justice wrote members of the New York State Senate today urging them to sign the petitions for chamber consideration circulated last week by Senators Squadron, Krueger, Rivera, and Addabbo to force a floor vote on four ethics bills. As our readers know, we have long advocated for rules that make it easier for rank-and-file legislators to be able to advance legislation over the wishes of the majority, and we are pleased to see that Senators are actually using them. If the Senators are able to obtain the signature of three-fifths of the entire senate, their bills will subject to a public and binding vote by the entire chamber. This will give New Yorkers an opportunity to find out where their elected officials stand on ethics reforms.
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