Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) today called on Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to take advantage of a unique scheduling opportunity and hold session on November 17. With both the Minority and Majority Conferences scheduled to return to Albany for off-session meetings, the Assembly has a chance to pass important legislation that can still become law in 2015.
“This is too good of an opportunity to ignore. There are bills that already passed the Senate this year that have bipartisan support and Majority sponsorship in the Assembly which we can act upon,” Leader Kolb said. “We missed too many opportunities during the 2015 Legislative Session, but this is a chance to take appropriate action. On November 17, we can sit around and talk, or we can actually get something done for the people we represent.”
On October 23, Leader Kolb announced to Assembly Minority members that a conference would be held November 17 and 18 in Albany. Members of the Majority are scheduled to hold their own meetings on the same day. Legislation that passed the Senate, but was not considered in the Assembly, can still become law in 2015 if passed and signed by the Governor. Measures that deserve immediate consideration include.
- Pension Forfeiture (A.6722, Buchwald) – would strip taxpayer-funded pensions from public employees convicted of a felony involving breach of public trust.
- Brittany’s Law (A.1833, Gunther) – creates a registry of violent felony offenders, similar to the sex offender registry created under Megan’s Law.
- Mixed Martial Arts (A.2604-C, Morelle) – legalizes MMA in New York State.
“Pension forfeitures, Brittany’s Law and MMA are important, common-sense bills that should have been law years ago,” Leader Kolb said. “In two weeks we can finally end the senseless waiting game for legislation that New Yorkers deserve.”