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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Offenders

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the passage of a package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.  

January 26, 2015
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News From The Senate Republican Majority

Temporary President of the New York State Senate and Majority Leader Dean G.

January 22, 2015
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Senate Passes Education Investment Tax Credit to Give Parents More Options In Their Child's Education

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that helps give parents more choice in the education of their child.

January 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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Statement From Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos

My thoughts and prayers are with Governor Cuomo and his family as they mourn the loss of his father Mario, a former three-term New York Governor and leading voice of the Democratic Party.

Mario Cuomo was a legendary figure in New York politics who chose public service for all the right reasons. He could have run for President or been appointed to the Supreme Court, but he chose to stay and serve the people of New York.

Mario Cuomo used his gift for oratory to speak about his beliefs and ideals with great passion and, in doing so, made a significant impact on the political history of our state and nation.

January 1, 2015
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Senate to Hold Joint Committee Hearings in January About Police Safety and Public Protection

The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.  The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

December 29, 2014
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New Laws to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs Taking Effect 01/01/2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015.  Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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Governor Signs Hannon Bill to Promote Access & Coverage for Women's Health Care Services

Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) announces his legislation to educate the public on women’s health initiatives was signed into law (Chapter 342) by the Governor.  The new law requires the NYS Department of Health to establish an up-to-date website devoted solely to women’s health, including information on the 22 preventive services now covered with no cost to patients under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

September 4, 2014
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Summary of 2014 Senate Legislative Action

2014-2015 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State 2014-15 state budget clearly reflects the Senate Republican Conference’s key goal of working together in a bipartisan way to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. The budget delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republicans including: more than $1.1 billion in additional aid to schools that is distributed fairly across the state; additional property tax relief for hardworking families; increased funding to help young New Yorkers afford college; tax cuts to help businesses create new job opportunities; and comprehensive ethics and election reforms.

 

June 20, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Brownfield Cleanup Program Extension

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that extends a program to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Adding 25 New Family Court Judges

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage today to legislation (S7883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Clarify Aggravated Harassment Law

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7869) today, sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette) that would clarify a state law related to the crime of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, that was declared unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals last year.  

The bill addresses concerns cited by the Court and restores Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, which was a charge used thousands of times in cases of domestic violence.  The Court ruled the law was vague and too broad.  

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package to Address Statewide Heroin and Opioid Crisis

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of bills to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The measures target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at the 18 forums held by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. 

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect School Children with Severe Allergies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7262A), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), that authorizes schools to have and administer the life saving medicine, epinephrine, when a student has a severe allergic

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill for Universal Signage to Warn of Aquatic Invasive Species Threat

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7643A), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I-Queensbury), that directs the state  Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species.“The importance of public education cannot be overstated in the fight against a

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Address Lyme Disease Treatments

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help doctors and patients treat the symptoms of Lyme and other chronic diseases. The bill (S7854), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), was among the recommendations in a report released today by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. 

June 18, 2014
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New Task Force Report & Recommendations to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

The New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases today released a report and legislation that provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for a state action plan to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment for harmful tick-borne illnesses.

June 18, 2014
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Measures

The New York State Senate today completed action on all of the measures that make up its Women’s Equality Agenda. Three bills passed by the Senate would stop sexual harassment at work, allow for the recovery of attorney’s fees by victims of gender discrimination, and enable domestic violence victims to obtain orders of protection electronically. Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos called on the Assembly to act immediately on the women’s equality bills passed by the Senate. Over the past week, the Senate has approved eight bills of the nine-bill equality agenda. One of the bills was enacted into law last year. 

June 18, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Mandate Relief Bill for Schools

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a measure that will provide mandate relief to local school districts by eliminating the requirement of an annual visual inspection of school buildings. The bill (S3968A), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), would reduce the additional burden forced on school districts, eliminating costs, saving taxpayers money.  

June 17, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to a Bill That Stops Identity Thieves Who Target Children

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects children from identity thieves who steal information to establish fraudulent financial accounts.

June 17, 2014
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