Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Bauroth Proposes County SOLE Act to Promote Democracy

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Rochester, New York – April 19, 2012.  Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature have introduced a proposal to allow every legislator to have at least one piece of legislation voted on every two years. The legislation is modeled after a bill introduced in the New York State Assembly by Republican Mark Johns.

Joshua Bauroth (D-Rochester, Brighton), the sponsor of the proposal, said, ‘This legislation would ensure that each person sent to this legislature by the voters has an opportunity to have at least one substantive piece of legislation voted on. Under the current practice, the Minority Party is essentially blocked from having the full legislature vote on a proposal. If we’re really serious about representing our constituents throughout the county, we shouldn’t be afraid to allow new ideas to be heard. Passing my proposal will ensure that happens.”

The proposed legislation will go before the Agenda/Charter Committee on Monday, April 23, at 5:00pm. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

Anyone interested in scheduling an interview with Legislator Bauroth should call Joe Rittler at 753-1910 before noon today.