The future of a bill to dismantle the Government Accountability Board is unclear after the state Senate canceled a session Tuesday where they were likely going to vote on it. Senate Republicans held a caucus for most of the day on the GAB and campaign finance bills, both of which have already been passed by the Assembly but are hung up in the Senate. The bills the Assembly passed last week to disband the GAB and replace it with a partisan elections board and ethics commission have not moved in the Senate. Conservative groups are lobbying the offices of four GOP senators who have expressed concerns about the bill.
“I am confident that the Senate will find an answer. They see the same information that we have. They see the same concerns we have with the way the GAB has operated, the out-of-control nature that it has had over the past several years,” Rep. Robin Vos, R-Assembly Speaker, said.
“I’m hoping that they are seeing that there’s great political disagreement over those kind of corruption types of legislation,” Rep. Peter Barca, D-Assembly Minority Leader, said.