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Gordon wants new bills printed

Dec 15, 2010 2:26 pm
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="114" caption="Tim Gordon. Photo from his Assembly page."][/caption]Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential reports lame-duck Assemblyman Tim Gordon, an Independent from Bethlehem beaten by Republican Steve McLaughlin in November for the 108th District that represents northern Greene and Columbia counties, wants the Assembly to print three bills he is introducing in his last weeks in office. The bills will most likely be ignored by the Assembly. “At this point there have been no decisions to print any bills, other than pre-filing,” Sisa Moyo, a spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, told Vielkind. “There have been no decisions to do anything else. We’re pre-filing for next session.” The Assembly rules say bills put forward after the last Tuesday in May must be introduced by the Rules Committee on the member’s behalf.

One of the bills seeks to control the phenomenon of "tracking," the new political tool that sees one campaign sending out someone to follow an opposing candidate relentlessly. Many know the practice from Senator Jim Webb's use of tracking video of his opponent, Sen. George Allen, whose use of a derogatory term for Indian-Americans, "Macaca," is said to have swung that close race in 2006. In Gordon's case, McLaughlin's campaign ran video of Gordon ripping out his opponent's campaign signs at night.