Hoyer’s Resolution Fails In Administrative Services Committee

MAYVILLE – A resolution from Chautauqua County Legislator Tim Hoyer will likely not be discussed on the floor during next week’s session, after failing the Administrative Services Committee.

Monday, the committee heard a resolution from the Jamestown Democrat, who is not seeking re-election, amending the rules and regulations for the legislature.

Hoyer had proposed several changes in his resolution. The first would require all newly elected legislators to attend an orientation by legislative support staff and legislative counsel, and include a summary of the most pertinent laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to the organization, budget and legislative process of county government. The second change would create a standing Leadership Committee, to include the legislative chairman, majority and minority leaders, assistant majority and minority leaders. Hoyer proposed the meetings be open to the public and have a written transcript.

Additionally, the amendment would change the duties of the chairman of the legislature to no longer appoint members of all standing committees, chairmen and vice chairmen of committees and ranking member of the minority party. Instead, Hoyer’s amendment would give these duties to the majority and minority leaders to decide.

Finally, Hoyer’s resolution would require legislative council to provide all legislators with a notice of requested legislation prior to drafting a local law, resolution or motion that had been requested by a legislator.

The Administrative Services Committee did not discuss the amendment after it was read. Lori Cornell, D-Jamestown, voted in favor of the amendment. Bob Scudder, R-Fredonia; Larry Barmore, R-Gerry; Mark Tarbrake, R-Ellicott; and Paula DeJoy, D-Jamestown; voted against it.

In order to be discussed during legislative session next week, it must have the majority of votes to bring it to the floor.

Additionally Monday, the committee passed a resolution extending the additional rate of taxes on sales and uses of tangible personal property and of certain services, on occupancy of hotel room and on amusement charges.

“I’ve been consistent in my position to oppose each and every tax cut that’s come across my desk in the last four years,” Cornell said. “I will not be supporting this resolution.”

Cornell was the only legislator on the committee who opposed the resolution.