ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Republicans defeated a surprise amendment in the Senate that would have forced an abortion bill to the floor for a vote.
The amendment was introduced by Sen. Jeff Klein, who leads the Independent Democrat Conference that shares majority control of the Senate.
Republican Sen. Thomas Libous opposed the amendment as not legally "germane" to the bills before the Senate. The GOP have refused to bring the abortion bill to the floor.
Sen. Diane Savino of the IDC overruled Libous, who appealed her decision.
A vote by raised hands, rather than a formally recorded roll call, supported Libous.
The bill would match state law to a less restrictive federal measure under the Roe vs. Wade court decision of 1973.
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