Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said he did not think Senate President Steve Sweeney’s being out of state during the run-up to Monday’s since-tabled vote on a suite of marijuana legalization bills prevented Democrats in the upper chamber from securing the 21 votes needed to pass the measures.
“I can’t tell you how many times I spoke to the senate president over the course of the last week,” Coughlin said. “His phone was working just fine from Arizona.”
Sweeney is vice president of the International Association of Iron Workers. He was in Arizona for a matter related to that role.