If you follow this blog you know by now that Sheldon Silver can make or break legislation in New York. That is why it is so troubling to hear this quote (at the link above):
"There does not appear to be widespread support in the Assembly for this legislation," Silver said when asked if the proposal would be approved before the June 20 end of the legislative session.This language essentially tracks words used by Assemblyman Englebright -- the MMA bill's sponsor in the Assembly -- for the past two-years.
This does not bode will for the bill this year as it would seem to corroborate my belief that the bill would stall out in committee again this year.
One has to wonder why support is lacking given that the bill overwhelmingly passed out of the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee in the New York Assembly by a vote of 17-3 (note, Steven Marrocco, who spoke to Assemblyman Englebright's office, has indicated that the vote was 16-3) earlier this week.
Further, I am told that approximately 60 assembly members had signed on to a letter (drafted by Assemblyman Murray) voicing their support to have the bill moved through committee and to the full floor for a vote before the end of the legislative session.
In any event, I am sad to say that Speaker Silver has spoken and has, likely, handed the death sentence to the bill this year.