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New York State Legislature

May 10, 2019

New York lawmakers vote to let inmates use phone before solitary

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Inmates sent to solitary confinement would get to make a phone call first under legislation heading to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk after passing the Democrat-led Legislature. Under the bill, inmates would also be allowed to make one phone call per week while held in isolation. The Assembly sponsor, Queens […]

Jan 7, 2019

A look at some of New York state Legislature’s top 2019 issues

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A look at some of the top issues for the New York state Legislature during its 2019 session, which formally begins Wednesday and is scheduled to end June 19: LEGALIZED MARIJUANA: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he wants adult recreational use of pot legalized within the first 100 days of the […]

Oct 2, 2018

Lawmakers continue hearings in parole decisions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in New York are heading to Long Island for the second of two days of hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders. Tuesday morning’s hearing will be held at the Hicksville Community Center. An initial hearing was held Monday in Albany. The […]

Jun 13, 2018

Lawmakers vote to make 18 the minimum age for indoor tanning

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning booths. The proposed rule passed the state Senate on Tuesday after passing the Assembly in April. It now heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Current law already bars anyone 16 or younger […]

Apr 9, 2018

NY mulls training hotel workers to spot human trafficking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legislative proposal introduced in the New York state Legislature would require training for hotel workers in how to recognize signs of human trafficking. The measure is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Sen. Jesse Hamilton, both Democrats. Supporters say trafficking victims are sometimes housed in hotels and motels, where they […]

Mar 9, 2018

Bill to authorize sports betting introduced in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill to legalize sports betting has been introduced in the New York state Senate. Republican Sen. John Bonacic of Orange County announced his proposal Thursday. It would authorize sports betting in casinos and online, and subject casino sports betting to an 8.5 percent tax on gross revenue. Sports betting operators […]

Feb 13, 2018

Senate Democrats to unveil bail reform proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic members of the New York state Senate plan to release a proposal to change the state’s bail system in an effort to make it more fair. The lawmakers say they’ll announce the details of their legislation Tuesday in the state Capitol in Albany. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already unveiled […]

Jan 24, 2018

NY state lawmakers again pushing for voting reforms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s time New York state finally changed its antiquated voting rules and procedures that are perpetuating the state’s low voter turnout, Democratic lawmakers in the Legislature said Tuesday as they announced yet another election reform package. New York ranks among the bottom in terms of voter turnout, a situation Senate Democratic […]

Jan 23, 2018

NY lawmakers to introduce net neutrality bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation being announced by state lawmakers. Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy of Albany and Sen. David Carlucci of Clarkstown are scheduled to detail their proposal on Tuesday. The Democrats’ proposal would prohibit companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with […]

Jan 22, 2018

NY lawmaker: lower drunken driving limit from .08 to .05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state lawmaker is proposing to lower the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit for drinking and driving from .08 to .05. Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz on Friday announced the re-introduction of his bill to change the threshold. He cited a recent recommendation from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and […]

Jan 10, 2018

New York officials to study revenues from daily fantasy sports

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers want to know how much money the state is making off daily fantasy sports. A committee of the state Assembly will meet Wednesday in Albany to review the status of the online games and their impact on the state’s finances. Two years ago, lawmakers passed new regulations for […]

Jan 2, 2018

NY Legislature convenes: Top issues for 2018 session

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers will gavel in the 2018 legislative session Wednesday. Here’s a look at some of the top issues expected this year: NEW YORK CITY SUBWAYS: The aging system has been beset by chronic breakdowns and delays. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have pointed fingers at each other and […]

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