Lawmakers: Bill Would End Abuse Of Power By Legislative Leaders

Jan 21, 2016

Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

On Thursday, Capital Region Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, joined by fellow Republican Assemblymembers Steve McLaughlin and Pete Lopez, and  Queens Senator Tony Avella, a member of the Independent Democratic Caucus, advocated for the "Spirit of '76" bill.

Tedisco explained the bill would allow a bill sponsored by 76 members of the Assembly and 32 members of the Senate to bypass committee and move to the Floor for consideration.  

"The job we are given the honor of having is of representative. And when we cede 90 percent of our power to  a single individual, we are not really representatives," said Tedisco.

The state Senate is controlled by Republicans. Democrats control the Assembly by a supermajority.