Sen. Thomas Libous, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, said today the legislative rules changes that take away the power of the lieutenant governor are merely clarifying the state constitution.
The Senate is poised to approve the rules changes which Democrats claim are unconstitutional. The speculation is that Republicans could lose their narrow 32-seat majority if one of their members leaves office in the middle of the year.
Libous also believes that the lieutenant governor, currently Robert Duffy of Rochester, is not an elected member of the Senate and therefore not allowed to break a tie in case of a leadership vote. Duffy himself has said the rules are “much ado about nothing” but he would try to vote to break a tie in the event there is one.
Here’s video of Libous following a Senate Rules Committee meeting: