Interesting news from a colleague in NY:
The long stalled NY Senate bill (it’s passed the Assembly twice and the Gov is eager to sign) extending full marriage rights to same sex couples will be brought to the floor today, debated extensively and almost certainly passed (with a handful of GOP votes.) The Senate will be streaming the entire debate live at http://www.NYSenate.gov/. (There’s live commentary at The Albany Project as well for those outside of NY who may want to know what all that debating actually means.)
The long and the short of it is that we’ve been told that they have the votes to pass the the thing and, unlike CA and ME, there ain’t gonna be a round two in NY.
Some helpful links:
http://open.nysenate.gov/legis… (link to the actual bill on NY’s spiffy new Open Legislation site, comments enabled, btw.)
http://www.nysenate.gov/initia… (special page for all things marriage equality, will become the actual front page of the site when the trigger gets pulled. Will be live shortly.)
http://www.nysenate.gov/blogs/… (blog with a video viewer and comments. will be live shortly.)
http://www.thealbanyproject.com (your source for all the commentary and analysis)
http://www.thealbanyproject.co… (A whip count of where we are )
You can also follow the Senate debate on Twitter at @NYSenate. (Use the #NYMarriageDebate hashtag)
They are going to allow the full four hours of debate on the bill and then each member (there are 62) will be allowed 2 minutes each to explain their vote. I imagine that most if not all will take advantage of that. TAP will be doing a running tally of votes during this time so we should know pretty close to the exact count before the vote is actually taken.
It’s going to be a big day here in NY. Hope you all will tune in.