Ball Calls for Immediate Passage of Civil Commitment Legislation
CARMEL, NY -- January 16, 2006 -- Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, I, C – Carmel) joined the Assembly Republican Conference’s call for immediate action towards passage of a meaningful civil commitment law.
The original legislation on civil commitment was introduced by the Assembly Republicans thirteen years ago.
“I am sickened that the Assembly can not come together on this issue, to protect our communities and especially our children,” said Ball. “Protecting the health, safety and well-being of all New Yorkers, especially our children, should be our number one priority and this is yet another example of the lack of basic decency and good judgment within the Assembly chamber.”
The Democrat-controlled Assembly has blocked the Republican civil commitment measure from being voted on since its original introduction on March 2, 1993. A similar measure has passed the State Senate ten times by near unanimous votes, including during a special session in December.
“The Assembly is wasting taxpayer’s hard-earned money. This is my full-time job and I came to Albany to work, not to vote on meaningless statements. The people of the 99th Assembly District have my full commitment, and the people of this state deserve our full commitment as a legislative body. This measure needs to be addressed and enacted today – there is no excuse,” Ball concluded.