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Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:09 PM

Senate Democrats' gun-violence agenda rejected by GOP

ALBANY The state Senate's Democratic Conference fell short in an attempt Wednesday to force a vote in their chamber on a series of gun-safety bills intended to augment the 2013 SAFE Act.

"The madness has got to stop. We need action, and we need it now," Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said at a press conference outside the Senate chamber on Wednesday morning. "Stopping gun violence should not be a partisan issue."

Stewart-Cousins and 20 members of her conference subsequently entered the Senate chamber and began pushing their legislation on the floor in a series of what are known as hostile amendments - attaching their legislation to an unrelated bill on organ donations.

But when the Democrats asked for a vote by a show of hands, however, they fell short even with eight votes of support from members of the Independent Democratic Conference as Republicans in control of the chamber declined to support the measures. Some Republican senators left the chamber prior to voting. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who often conferences with the Republicans and provides their crucial 32nd vote, opted not to attend the vote.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Senate-Dems-force-vote-on-gun-safety-measures-12716634.php

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