Published on December 23, 2009 | by LawNews
Prof. Eric Lane in Newsweek
Professor Eric Lane was quoted in the following Newsweek article.
The Filibuster and its Discontents
by David Parker
December 22, 2009
Some legislative bodies have even more majority-friendly rules than the House. In New York, legislative powers are almost entirely distributed to the majority leaders of the Senate and Assembly, who essentially control the entire lawmaking process. How would the New York legislature handle a measure like the health-care reform bill? The leaders would introduce the bill “at the end of the day, at the end of the session, and hold a vote the next day,” says Eric Lane, a professor at Hofstra Law School and the senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice—a think tank that has produced a number of influential reports analyzing New York’s dysfunctional government. “The public would have no idea what’s in it.”