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SENATE RULES REFORM RESOURCE PAGE
(including the 2009 Temporary Senate Committee
on Rules & Administration Reform)

Reconstructing the Concealed
& Distorted Odyssey of Rules Reform

 

click here for:
Rules Reform Resource Page -- including 2004, 2006, 2008 Brennan Center Reports


2002

 "Waking up the State Senate:
34 Proposals for Reinvigorating Democracy in Albany through Rules Reform
"

Senator Liz Krueger


2009

January 7, 2009 opening Senate session --
election of Senator Malcolm Smith as Temporary Senate President
& adoption of Senate rules



TEMPORARY SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES
& ADMINISTRATION REFORM

January 12, 2009 opening Senate session --
voting for Temporary Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Reform; bipartisan chairmanship of Valesky & Bonacic  to produce report within 90 days "prepared to do things differently"  (at 5:44 min.)

January 12, 2009 posting:   "Senate Majority Announces Passage of Historic Rules Reform That Will Create More Inclusive And Accountable Senate"        SENATE RESOLUTION

January 30, 2009 posting:   "Rules Reform Committee Represents a New Beginning"

February 3, 2009 VIDEO:    Senator Griffo: "Reforming the Legislative Process"

February 3, 2009 posting:   "Majority Conference Announces Hiring of Brennan Center's Andrew Stengel As Senior Policy Advisor For Conference And For Senate Rules Reform Committee"

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
of the Temporary Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Reform: 

***
start with 3rd hearing -- whose witnesses include Brennan Center's
Eric Lane, Lawrence Norden, & Jeremy Creelan

1st Committee Hearing VIDEO: 
Friday, February 6, 2009:  Syracuse

Syracuse Common Council Chambers, 231 Washington Street

                      
Transcript & Written Testimony
 

                             written testimony - Professor Raymond Petersen
                                                  Karen Norton

        February 10, 2009: 
"Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched"

click here for Senate's webpage for the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform


2nd Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009:  Albany

10 AM - 1 PM, State Capitol Hearing Room A

                     
 
Transcript & Written Testimony
 

February 26, 2009 posting:
"Senate Rules Reform Committee Launches YouTube Channel"
 

YouTube

                                    
3rd Committee Hearing VIDEO:  ****** START with this HEARING!
Thursday, February 26, 2009:  New York City

6 PM - 9 PM, NYS Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, New York
                  
Transcript & Written Testimony

         


4th Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Friday, February 27, 2009:  Long Island

10 AM - 1 PM, William Rogers Legislative Building
725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

                   
 Transcript & Written Testimony

March 3, 2009 posting:  VIDEO "Senator Valesky Rules Reform"

 

 

 

MEETINGS
of Temporary Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Reform:

1st Committee Meeting: March 23, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript      video

2nd Committee Meeting: March 24, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript    video

3rd Committee Meeting: March 25, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript     video

4th Committee Meeting: April 21, 2009 -- transcript only

 

March 30, 2009: VIDEO: Senator Malcolm Smith on Rules Reform and a New Start

April 3, 2009:  VIDEO: Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Talks About Reform in State Senate

April 20, 2009 posting:  "Another Chapter Opens in Rules Reform"

APRIL 21, 2009:  
Democratic Majority "Draft Report"
co-chair Senator David Valesky
Senators Jeff Klein, Andrea Stewart-Cousins,
Daniel Squadron, Jose Serrano, & Kevin Parker

VIDEO:  Senator Stewart-Cousins comments on rules reform

VIDEO:  Senator Serrano comments on rules reform  Part 1  Part 2

VIDEO:  Senator Parker comments on rules reform: Part 2   Part 3

April 22, 2009: "Senator Parker unveils Historic Rules Reform Report"

VIDEO:  Senator Squadron

Senator Oppenheimer comments  Part 1     Part 2


&  
 Republican Minority Report
co-chair John Bonacic
Senators Joseph Griffo & George Winner

Video: "Senator Bonacic Poo-Poos Rules Reform"

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Meanwhile, with respect to the budget for fiscal year 2009-2010...

VIDEO:  "'Reformer' Valesky shuts down debate on diastrous new budget  Part 1"

VIDEO: "'Reformer' Valesky tries to keep wraps on secret budget   Part 2"

VIDEO: "Senator DeFrancisco and Senator Krueger debate on the 2009-10 New York State budget"
March 31, 2009

VIDEO: "Senator David Valesky: Budget Comments"
March 31, 2009

VIDEO:  Skelos -- "Dave Valesky: Ex-Reform 'poster boy' doesn't want to hear it!"

VIDEO: "Senator Dean Skelos speaks on 2009-2010 State Budget"

VIDEO:  "Senator Dean Skelos Delivers His Closing Remarks on the 2009-2010 State Budget"

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THE SENATE "COUP": June 8, 2009

Senate floor proceedings -- June 8, 2009 - July 9, 2009

VIDEO -- June 8, 2009    VIDEO    VIDEO   VIDEO

Rules Resolution of Senator Espada, June 8, 2009

June 8, 2009 video clip of Senator Espada, Senator Skelos, & Tom Golisano            further

June 9, 2009 -- Senator John J. Bonacic's blog -- "New Senate Rules:  Attached are the new Senate Rules adopted June 9, 2009.  These rules substantially reform the way the Senate operates, largely in line with the report I issued in April along with Senators Griffo and Winner."      VIDEO-Bonacic

June 9, 2009:  Senator DeFrancisco  "New Reforms from New Leadership"

June 10, 2009 video

VIDEO:   June 15, 2009 senate session

Decision of Supreme Court Justice McNamara

June 16, 2009:  "Albany Madness Creates an Opening for Profound Reform", NY Daily News column by Brennan Center, Seago & Norden

VIDEO: June 16, 2009 coalition session

Destination Casa Blanc: The Latino Voice in Politics -- videos uploaded June 18, 2009:  "The Albany Coup"   "Was the NYS Coup about Reform?"    "Senator Espada Speaks"

June 17, 2009:  VIDEO with Senator Young

WNY media "Interview with the 'Bogeyman' of NYS Politics Steve Pigeon"

VIDEO:  June 23, 2009 floor proceedings: "DeFrancisco Blast Democrats for Refusing to Come to Session"

VIDEO:  Jun 29, 2009 floor proceedings:  "Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Need for a Permanent Bipartisan Agreement"

VIDEO: June 29, 2009: "Majority Rules"

VIDEO: June 29, 2009       News Conference Video

June 29, 2009 "Reform Coalition Offers Blueprint to End Senate Stalemate", Citizens Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG

VIDEO: June 30, 2009 Senate floor proceedings   & later on that day

July 7, 2009 letter on bipartisan Senate Operating Agreement, signed by all members of Republican Senate Conference & Senate President Pedro Espado & delivered to all 62 members of NYS Senate

VIDEO: July 9, 2009  Senate floor proceedings

VIDEO: July 9, 2009 Senate Democratic news conference

VIDEO July 9, 2009:  Senate minority news conference

VIDEO: July 15, 2009 Senate floor proceedings   Senator Krueger           RESOLUTION   

VIDEO: July 16, 2009:  Senator Valesky Comments on Rules Reform in the Senate

July 16, 2009: "Senate Passes Historic Rules Resolution Sponsored by Smith/Valesky"   and here

July 16, 2009 posting "More on Senate Rules Reform", by Senate Blogger

July 16, 2009 posting:  "Historic Senate Rules Reform, Sponsored by Senator Valesky, Passes Senate"

July 16, 2009 press release of Citizens Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG  "Statement on Senate Rules Changes: New Rules a Solid Improvement: too soon to retire dysfunctional label, groups say, but a strong step forward"

July 16, 2009 press release:  "State Senator Liz Krueger Worked 7 Years to Pass Historic Rules Reforms in the New York State Senate"

July 16, 2009 press release: "Senate Has New Tasks for Temporary Committee"

July 16, 2009 press release: "Senate Rules Reform Part 2"

July 17, 2009 posting: "Rules Reform: A New Day Dawns in State Senate"

July 22, 2009 posting: "Senator Valesky Discusses Historic Rules Reform"

July 31, 2009 Senator Valesky Senate Rules Resolution Details

VIDEO:  August 14, 2009   Senator James Steward:  "Senate Rules Reform"

September 17, 2009 posting:  "Senator Valesky Appointed to Advisory Board to Address Expanded Broadcast of Legislative Proceedings"

September 18, 2009 posting: "Senate Payroll Now Searchable on the Web"

November 23, 2009 letter to Senators Valesky & Bonacic from City Bar Association

December 16, 2009 posting: "Senator Valesky: Actions Demonstrate Commitment to Bipartisanship and Improving Senate Operations"  


2010

January 13, 2010: "Senate and Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation"

January 13, 2010:  "Senator Schneiderman's Comments on Ethics and Elections Law Reform Legislation"

January 13, 2010:
"Report of the New York State Senate Select Committee to Investigate the Facts and Circumstances Concerning the Conviction of Hiram Monserrate on October 15, 2009"

May 3, 2010:  "Senator Squadron and Senate Democrats to Hold First-Ever Interactive Ethics Forum"

December 10, 2010 letter to Senators from Brennan Center, Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG -- "RE: Recommendations for Senate Rules Reform"

December 16 2010 letter to Senators Sampson & Skelos from New York City Bar Association


2011

January 5, 2011 opening Senate session:  election of Senator Dean Skelos as Temporary Senate President, adoption of Senate rules    video    full transcript

January 12, 2011 letter to Senators from Brennan Center -- "RE: Recommendations for Senate Rules Reform"

January 18, 2011 Senate floor proceedings: privileged resolution by Senator Skelos, limiting adoption of Senate rules adopted on January 5, 2011 to February 1, 2011 --
                     video (see at 35 mins.)
                     transcript excerpt    full transcript

Resolution 357, co-sponsored by Senators Liz Krueger & Daniel Squadron, January 2011

Senator Krueger's January 18, 2011 announcement: 
"No Reason to Wait:  Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Introduce Sweepng Bipartisan Rule Reforms"

Senator Adams' January 18, 2011 posting "NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins His Conference Colleagues To Introduce A Comprehensive 22-Point Bipartisan Rules Reform Package"

January 25, 2011 Senate floor proceeding --
                    video (see at 5:40 min)  
                    transcript excerpt    full transcript

January 25, 2011 Senate Rules Committee meeting -- video  discussing proposed new Senate rules

January 28, 2011 letter to Senators from Brennan Center, Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG -- "RE: Senate Rules"

January 31, 2011 Senate Rules Committee: presentation by Senator Krueger in support of Resolution #357

January 31, 2011 opening Senate session: 
                  video: see at 1:43:43 min     
                  transcript excerpt     full transcript    VIDEO: Senator DeFrancisco   VIDEO: Senator Serrano

            Interview of Senator Liz Krueger - February 2011

                           "Waking up the State Senate: 34 Proposals for Reinvigorating Democracy in Albany through Rules Reform"

March 28, 2011 Senate floor proceedings:
                 video:  see at 1:15:25 min         
                  transcript excerpt    full transcript

November 28, 2011 Brennan Center letter to Diane Burman, Counsel to Majority

2012

January 4, 2012 opening Senate session:           video           full transcript

January 27, 2012   VIDEO:  Senator Liz Krueger & Senator Michael Gianaris:  "Senate Dems Challenge GOP's Rule Changes"

CJA's December 7, 2012 letter to Senate Independent Democratic Conference Senators Jeff Klein, David Valesky, Diane Savino, David Carlucci, & Malcolm Smith --
"RE:  ACHIEVING A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, FULLY FUNCTIONAL SENATE..."
 -- click here for referred-to Senate rule materials  

December 18, 2012 letter to Senators Jeffrey Klein & Dean Skelos from Brennan Center, NYPIRG, League of Women Voters/NYS, Citizens Union

CJA's December 21, 2012 letter to Senate Independent Conference Senators --
"RE: What is Your Response to CJA's December 7, 2012 Letter?"

CJA's December 26, 2012 letter to Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos & Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins --
"RE: ENSURING AN INFORMED SENATE VOTE ON SENATE LEADERSHIP & SENATE RULES:
Your Response to CJA’s December 7, 2012 Letter to the Independent Democratic Conference on “ACHIEVING A ‘FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, FULLY FUNCTIONAL SENATE’”

2013

CJA's January 3, 2013 letter to All 63 New York State Senators --
"RE:  TRANSFORMING THE SENATE ON DAY 1 OF ITS 236th LEGISLATIVE SESSION BY APPROPRIATE RULES & LEADERSHIP"

CJA's January 4, 2013 e-mail to the Senators --
"Press Inquiries: Your Most Important Votes of the Upcoming 236th Legislative Session" 

CJA's January 9, 2013 e-mail to Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins' Counsel -- "EMPOWERING DEMOCRATS WITH STRATEGY AT TODAY'S 10:30 a.m. DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE MEETING"
   Albany Times-Union January 8, 2013 article by Jimmy Vielkind

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FOIL REQUESTS

CJA's December 18, 2012 letter to Secretary of Senate -- (1) Senate Violation of its Rule XIV, §1(a); (2) FOIL Request: Evolution of Senate Rules: 1993-2013"                                      Enclosures:
           (1)  Albany Times Union
’s January 26, 2011 “Capitol Confidential” blog “Sampson to Skelos: Bring back rules reform panel;
           (2) Senator James Seward’s June 8, 2009 posting, “Seward Hails New Senate Leadership Coalition;
           (3) Senator William J. Larkin’s July 7, 2009 posting, “Letter On Bipartisan Senate Operating Agreement Sent To All Senators"

Secretary of the Senate's December 26, 2012 e-mail response

Secretary of the Senate's February 8, 2013 e-mail response

 

CJA's December 20, 2012 letter to Secretary of Senate --
"RE:  (1) Senate Violation of its Rules XIV, §1(a); (2) FOIL Request:  Video &/or Transcripts of the Senate's Opening Floor Proceedings for its 2010 and 2011 Sessions, etc.

Secretary of the Senate's December 28, 2012 e-mail response

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DISCOVERED SENATE RULES COMMITTEE WEBPAGE (6-10-16)

 

CJA's Rules Reform webpages

Rules Reform Resource Page -- including 2004, 2006, 2008 Brennan Center Reports

Senate Rules Reform Resource Page -- including transcripts, videos, & reports of the 2009 Temporary Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Reform

Assembly Rules Reform Resource Page

Championing appropriate rules & leadership for the New York State Legislature 

     The People Lead -- Securing Passage of The Public Trust Act & a Properly-Functioning Legislature

Fighting Off Progeny of the Judicial Compensation Statute (S-2953: A-246) & Securing a Functioning Legislative Process

 

Postscript --

Albany Times Union -- Tales from the Coup

April 26, 2019 -- "Ransom Demands"

May 3, 2019 -- five months leading up to the coup

May 7, 2019:  "Tales from the Coup"

May 17, 2019: "Coup"

May 23, 2019: Aftermath of the Senate Coup

June 6, 2019: Legacy of Senate Coup

 

June 5, 2019: "Making of the "Tales from the Coup"

 

"How A Bill Becomes A Law" -- New York State Senate webpage

 

 

 

 

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