[UPDATE] AoSHQ thinks it’s a coup, and has its own suggestion for a resolution.
Because either the NY Senate Democrats are trying something sneaky…
ALBANY—Most the Democrats in the State Senate have barricaded themselves in the chamber.
The Democrats arrived around 12:30. It’s unclear what’s going on. All the doors are locked, and journalists as well as Republican staffers cannot get in.
…or they’re acting like kids…
ALBANY–Now Republicans have entered the Senate chamber and are reading bills and ostensibly passing them as Democrats do nothing.
The remainder of the 62 senators entered the chamber around 2:30, and the lights went on. State Senator George Winner, an Elmira Republican, attempted to take he dais. He was blocked by a deputy sergeant at arms, who said he was acting on the orders of Senate Secretary Angelo Aponte.
Without hesitating, Winner walked to the area below the chamber, said the Pledge of Allegiance (the Dems didn’t say anything) and began moving through an active list of local bills and extenders. The bills were read, the roll was called, and as Democrats sat silently, Republican parliamentarian Jack Casey said the bills were passed, 62-0.
…or (probably) both.
ENOUGH OF THIS!
Crossposted to Moe Lane.