Report: Possible New York Vote on Marriage Equality Today
Buffalo news station WGRZ is reporting that the marriage equality vote could take place in the New York Senate as early as today:
"A spokesperson for State Senator Dale Volker says the controversial same sex marriage bill could be voted on today in the senate. As for the battle to plug New York's multi-billion dollar budget crisis, Governor David Paterson says negotiations with lawmakers are over and he's taking the deficit into his own hands by reducing and possibly delaying state aid to schools, hospitals and local government services. However, lawmakers say progress is being made in closed door meetings."
"Senate aides confirmed what several Democratic Assembly members just learned: A deal to close more than $2.8 billion of the estimated $3.2 billion deficit has been hammered out by the governor and legislative leaders, and could be voted on tomorrow. The deal includes the “spinup” of federal stimulus aid from next fiscal year to the current year, but includes no midyear cuts to education. The package reportedly includes no new taxes and features health care cuts that don’t result in a loss of federal matching dollars. The other potentially big news: The Senate is prepared to hold the long-delayed vote on gay marriage if the deficit reduction package can be put to bed in time tomorrow. Since the bill would pass in extraordinary session, the Assembly would have to debate and vote on the measure despite the fact that it passed marriage equality legislation months ago."
Will update as any more info comes in...