As noted in a previous post, if you want some action in Albany, this is the year to clean out the senate – by getting rid of the Republican majority. Pick 3. Any 3. So long as one of them is Tom Libous:
The Republican senatorial committee chairs will sit on every bill that comes up – no hearings, no nothing . For instance – Senator Grisanti was asked over a week ago to schedule hearings for the fracking bills in front of his committee. Not a peep out of the boy to date.
Senate Democrats Force Senator Grisanti’s Hand on Hydrofracking Legislation
Senate Democrats used parliamentary procedure to call for a public hearing by the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee on a wide list of bipartisan hydrofracking bills (attached is the petition for public hearing and the list of bills). The Committee chaired by Sen. Grisanti has not held one hearing on the issue of hydrofracking. Because of the maneuver by the Senate Democratic Conference, Sen Grisanti has been forced to accept the petition for public hearing on these bills and must now schedule a public hearing within 14 days.
“For too long the Senate Republicans and Senator Grisanti have decided to brush the issue of hydrofracking under the rug. This issue is too important to ignore.” stated Senate Democratic Spokesman Mike Murphy.
Video of the hearing (they ask him at the end of the meeting)
Senate Rules on Petition for Public Hearing