According to Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, the state senate may have enough votes to pass a repeal of the death penalty.
“I think there is a chance that we might have 19 votes in the Senate, which would be historic. We would have the numbers to pass it,” said Williams, D-Brooklyn. (Lockhart)
If the repeal did pass the senate, it would go to the governor–and I’m pretty sure she’d veto it. 19 is not the same as 24, of course, and an override would not happen in either chamber. But, they could get the chance to make her use that veto pen. So, history.
Probate Court Reform Passes House
The House voted yesterday to reform the probate court system, a subject often talked about over the last few years. The bill would reduce the number of courts (a sticking point) and require future judges to at least have been attorneys prior to becoming a judge. The bill passed 126-19.
Lockhart, Brian. “State senate may have enough votes to eliminate death penalty.” Stamford Advocate 18 May, 2009.