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Legislative Activity For May 10, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today maintaining the services and operations of government, including funding for troopers, Medicaid services, and infrastructure projects, as well as bills which protect residents of public housing from sexual predators, and legislation mandating new standards of accountability of the Higher Education Services Corporation. Maintaining Services & Operations

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2010 Summer Reading Program

As the school year draws to a close, students naturally turn their thoughts to summer vacation and time away from books! It is important, though, to keep school age children in the mindset of learning. For this reason, the New York State Senate has partnered with the New York State Library to offer you the 2010 Summer Reading Program, a fun and exciting way to keep students in the fourth through sixth grades reading while on break through the summer months. This year's theme is "Make a Splash...Read!"

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week Of May 3: Protecting Construction Workers, A Permanent "Power For Jobs" And Charter School Reforms

The State Senate Democratic Majority passed bills this week which ensures payment to capital construction workers in order to protect jobs, makes ‘Power for Jobs’ – a program supporting more than 250,000 jobs – permanent, increases the cap on charter schools while also enacting new accountability and oversight standards

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week Of April 26, 2010

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included long overdue protections for renters living with HIV/AIDS, new economic opportunities through changes in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, and changes to DEC’s management of migratory bird hunting seasons.

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Legislative Activity April 26, 2010

The New York State Senate Democratic Majority passed nine pieces of legislation today including emergency budget appropriations to protect vital services New Yorkers rely on. S7605 / S7606: These bills enact an emergency spending plan enabling various state agencies and departments to continue payments to preserve essential functions of government for the period April 1, 2010 through May 2, 2010. 

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Legislative Wrap-Up: Week of April 19th: Senate Majority Passes Earth Day 2010 Agenda And More

Legislation passed by the New York State Senate Democratic Majority this week included a bill package demonstrating their commitment to environmental conservation and “green” job creation, as well as establishing a commission to study the health care services of children in foster care.

 ‘Earth Day 2010 Agenda’

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The Census Is Coming

Census takers are knocking on doors to make sure everyone is counted. If you didn’t return the census questionnaire mailed to your home, you can expect a visit. Welcome your census takers – they’re bringing $30,000 for each person in your home. That’s how much funding for schools, health care, transportation and other services is allocated for each person counted in Census 2010.

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Legislative Wrap-Up:Week of April 12: Election Law Reforms, Delinquent Tax Collection And More

Legislation passed this week by the State Senate Democratic Majority included bills to ensure voters are not disenfranchised as a result of outdated election laws, the authorization of municipalities to collect delinquent property taxes, and the establishment of new rights regarding phone calls of defendants upon arrest, among others.

Reforming State Election Laws

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It’s Not Too Late to Mail Back Your 2010 Census Form!

Need Help? Census Bureau Offers Assistance by Phone, Internet and In-Person at a Local Site Near You

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Legislative Wrap-Up: March 29, 2010

The New York State Senate Majority passed seven pieces of legislation today including emergency budget appropriations.

S7276 / S7277: These bills enact an emergency spending plan to preserve essential functions of government and protect vital services for the period April 1, 2010 through April 11, 2010.

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