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December 04, 2009


ned Schneier

I report these numbers in the second edition of my book on New York politics (new York Politics: A Tale of Two States (ME Sharpe). A bill gets defeated on the floor in either house about once in a decade. Leadership control of the agenda is nearly total. The last time a bill was lost on the floor it was because the Assembly Speaker wanted to lose to make a political point. That may be what happened here, or it is possible that the new Democratic leadership-- not very experienced and, arguably, not the sharpest tools in shed, got snookered by the Republicans who let them think it would be a free vote and then voted as a bloc against.

Karl Kurtz

Tim Rice from Illinois sends the following comment:

The Legislative Research Unit in Illinois released a study on the "winning percentages of non-appropriations bills"; see the report at:
Note that the study was only of bills that passed.

A quick query of the 95th GA shows that 24 House bills failed on third reading floor votes (20 in the House and 4 in the Senate), and 5 Senate bills (2 in the Senate and 3 in the House). In addition, there were 2 bills - 1 from each house - that failed on third reading in the House but subsequently passed after a motion to reconsider the vote.

As the LRU report records, 1100 bills passed both houses in the 95th GA - 548 House bills and 552 Senate bills.


I am writing a master's thesis related to this subject, so I appreciate the coverage of the topic and the follow-up comments.

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