Issues: Insurance

Sen. Griffo debates bill to legalize Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in NY

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5949A) on the floor of the Senate that would legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015
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Griffo, fire officials praise Senate’s passage of bill that provides more cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters

ALBANY – The New York State Senate last week passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would expand benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters who are diagnosed with various forms of cancer linked to their duties.

The overexposure to smoke that volunteer firefighters experience every time they battle flames makes it more likely that they will develop lung cancer. The exposure to smoke and toxic fumes also creates greater risk that a firefighter will develop cancer in other parts of their body, like their esophagus, stomach, blood, intestines and brain.

June 22, 2015
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Senator Ortt’s Bill Eases Burden on Veterans Who Need Prosthetics

Bill Would Require Health Insurers to Include Coverage for Prosthetic Devices 

ALBANY - The New York State Senate last night passed legislation sponsored by Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) that would ensure wounded veterans get the medical services they need after serving our country. The bill (S.5943) would cover the cost of prosthetic devices for members of the armed forces who suffered injuries while on active duty. Veterans would now have the option of going through their health insurance provider for prosthetics.

June 18, 2015
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Seward Bill Will Ensure Moms-To-Be Receive Vital Prenatal Care

ONEONTA, 06/17/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), chairman of the senate standing committee on insurance, today announced senate passage of landmark legislation (S.5972) he sponsored which will greatly enhance women’s health care in New York State to include pregnancy as a qualifying event for women to enroll in any health insurance plan at any time.

June 17, 2015
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SENATE PASSES GRIFFO BILL LEGALIZING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) IN NEW YORK

ALBANY – The New York State Senate on Tuesday passed Senator Joseph Griffo’s legislation that would legalize mixed martial arts in the state and ensure vital protections for fighters in combative sports.

Since 2010, Griffo and the Senate have led bipartisan efforts to bring mixed martial arts (MMA) to New York by passing legislation each year that would remove a statewide ban on the sport. This bill (S5949A) would authorize professional competitions in the state, while also allowing the State Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional MMA promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.

June 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 8, 2015 Room 124 CAP

June 8, 12:35 PM - 12:47 PM
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Monday, June 1, 2015  Room 124 CAP

June 1, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015  Room 124 CAP

Printed No.

Sponsor

Title

1380A

Seward

An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to distribution of dividends by domestic stock life insurers

1672

May 18, 12:30 PM - 12:36 PM
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Room 124 CAP

April 21, 12:30 PM - 12:33 PM
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Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Package To Protect New York's Motorists

ALBANY, 03/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to improve safety on New York’s highways.  The package included a bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3511) which targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 23, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Protect New York's Motorists

The New York State Senate today passed four measures to keep New York’s roadways safe.

March 23, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124 CAP, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124 CAP, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Sanders Debates Seward Over Insurance Bill

Senator Sanders debates Senator James Seward over his bill (S. 3012), which relates to requirements for directors of a domestic stock life insurance company, during Senate session on 3/16/15. The bill passed.

March 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, March 16, 2015 Room 124 CAP

March 16, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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Latimer Discusses Insurance Issues in Westchester

Latimer's guest is Michael Barrett, President of Barrett Associates and an active member of the Independent Insurance Brokers of New York

March 4, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 12:30 PM - 12:41 PM
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Young Named Chair of Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Will Be an Active Member on Ten Senate Committees

 

 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.

 

January 26, 2015
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2015 – 2016 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015
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