May 06, 2013 — The leader of the Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes that the end of the session won't repeat what he now says was a mistake.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos says the hasty manner in which New York's strict new gun control laws were passed during the first full day of the legislative session this year was "wrong," and he hopes not to repeat that when deciding key end of session issues like siting casinos or approving an anti-corruption package.
"As you look back, we shouldn't have done it that way," Skelos said.
Skelos says the state budget bills were in the public view for the legally-required three days before they were approved. But he says he can't completely rule out the possibility that some bills might be pushed through more quickly.