In the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the new state budget that was passed recently. The 2014-15 budget marks the fourth straight year of an on-time state budget which controls spending and provides tax relief to families and businesses. Senator Martins discussed two key components of the budget - delivering tax relief and investing in education.
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Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death Occurs
The New York State Senate passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation requires testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.
“This measure is another step in holding those who choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol accountable for putting innocent lives at risk,” Senator Martins said. “This will provide law enforcement with more effective means to make our roads safer and save lives.”
The State Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) that makes it unlawful to leave a child under 8-year-old unattended in a motor vehicle.
During the warm summer months, dangerous conditions can arise in standing or parked motor vehicles as trapped heat causes the temperature inside to rise dramatically. Between 1998 and 2004, 230 children have died of hyperthermia from being left in cars. In 2005, by mid-summer, 19 deaths were recorded as a result of hyperthermia.
Senator Martins’ bill requires that children remaining in a parked or standing car be accompanied by a someone who is at least twelve years old.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is calling for the final state budget to reject a proposal by Governor Cuomo to loosen regulations which require pesticide use to be reported by zip code. The Governor’s proposal would eliminate tracking pesticide use by zip code and instead track pesticides only by the county where they are sold.