Assembly Republicans called on Tuesday for a vote on a constitutional amendment that would strip pension benefits from state officials convicted of corruption and called an alternative measure working its way through the chamber a “watered-down” measure.

The GOP minority leader, Brian Kolb, said the Democratic leadership was trying to block actual progress on the amendment.

“We have a bill. We had a bill that was agreed upon by the two majorities and the governor,” Kolb said at a news conference outside the Assembly chamber. “What’s the delay? Why are we doing reform light? It’s about scuttling.”

A version of the amendment was approved by the Republican-controlled Senate in March as part of a broader agreement over the state budget.

Assembly Democrats, however, did not take up that version of the amendment after some lawmakers and union leaders raised issues with the language of the measure, contending it was too broad.

The result was the introduction of an alternative measure that still impacts top state officials, both elected and appointed, convicted of a corruption-related felony.

Republicans argue those exemptions are too broad.

“What they’ve done is narrow the width of people that this bill would apply to,” Kolb said. “What we’re saying is any public employee that is receiving a salary from the taxpayer should not be left off the hook.”

It’s unlikely an agreement will be reached on the competing amendments before the end of the session.

Still, lawmakers do have time to sort out the changes: A constitutional amendment must be approved twice by separately elected legislatures before it goes before voters.

Lawmakers could still cast votes next year on a compromise bill.

But Kolb said that’s not enough, given the spate of corruption scandals at the Capitol that have led to the arrests of both legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly.

“It’s a cloud that has hung over this Legislature way too long and I think the sooner we say enough is enough, this is what we’re going to do, these are the messages we’re going to send,” he said.