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BC Legislature Approves 2015 Rules of Order Proposal

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A rule change voted on at tonight's Broome County Legislature meeting could affect how future meetings are run.

The 2015 Rules of Order had a proposal to change a standing rule that allowed any legislator to choose a resolution and have it split into separate resolutions if that resolution contained more than one proposal. This essentially will allow legislators to pick out certain issues they think should be voted on separately.

The vote to change the rule passed and it now takes a majority of eight people to split a resolution.

"To allow one person the opportunity to disrupt the whole process isn't right. So we felt that at this point here that we wanted to put in a change that has to be done, you can still do it but you need a majority of the vote," said Jerry Marinich, Chairman of the Broome County Legislature.

"I think that the majority just want to be able to do what they want to do and they don't really respect the rights of the minority, and so they made that rule change and it's not good government," Jason Garnar (District 14) Legislature Minority Leader.

Garnar says that the last time they used to procedure was to split a resolution that called for a 10% salary raise to three department heads and a 1% raise to non-union workers.