|Posted:||October 19, 2020 01:26 PM|
|From:||Senator Anthony H. Williams|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Limiting Sine Die Voting to Budget-Related Matters|
|In the near future, I will be introducing a Senate Resolution to limit voting during a sine die session to budget-related matters.
As you know, the current Senate session will expire on November 30, 2020 and all legislation before this body will require re-introduction for consideration next session. Typically, the Senate does not convene for voting session days between the General Election and November 30; however, given the dire economic challenges facing the Commonwealth stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic we must return to finish the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. That alone will be a monumental task, and will require our complete and undivided attention.
My resolution will ensure that we are focused on the task at hand and not distracted by partisan policy goals during this critical period. On November 3, voters will make decisions about who will serve in this body. Let us complete the work of this session by closing out the budget and leave other substantive policy discussions until January, when half of the Senate will be sworn and seated. Otherwise, we risk the public trust in this institution to carry out the will of the voters.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution. Any questions or comments may be directed to my legislative director, Kyle Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-787-5970. Thank you.
Introduced as SR409