Circus in Albany

Two New York State Senators have switched parties, switching control of the chamber from Democrat to Republican. Such occasions are rare, but they do happen, most notably in the US Senate in 2001.

But in New York State there’s a twist. The Democrats are refusing to recognize that they have lost control of the chamber. They claim that it’s somehow illegal, and they still control the chamber, despite being the minority. Needless to say, they have yet to produce a legal theory that justifies their claim.

Ironically, however, one law has certainly been broken, by the Democrats. In an effort to delay their ouster, Democrats put the chamber into recess and locked the doors. This violates the New York State constitution, which says “The doors of each house shall be kept open, except when the public welfare shall require secrecy.”

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