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Minority Dems protest Senate rule changes

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Democrats in the New York State Senate are smarting over rules changes proposed by Republicans they say would "gut" the powers of Democratic Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.

They are calling on GOP Senators to change their minds when the proposal comes up for a vote again next week. Martha Foley has more.

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The minority Democrats accuse the Republicans of voting in committee for rules changes they said are a “disastrous effort to gut the powers of Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.”

The change would mean the lieutenant governor would no longer cast the tie-breaking vote in procedural matters, for instance, if there is a split on which party should control the majority in the chamber. 

The leader of the Republican majority, Dean Skelos, denies Democrats' charges of a power grab, “It’s just clarifying rules. It was all about committee structure, functioning. There’s no power grab in all of that,”  he said.

No comment from a spokesman for Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy.


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