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Summary of 2015 Senate Legislative Action

Attached below is a summary of the highlights of the 2015 Senate session, broken down by subject.

June 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill That Provides $3.1 Billion in New Property Tax Relief, Extends the Tax Cap, and Implements Significant Education Reforms

The New York State Senate today passed an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to property owners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs, improve affordable housing statewide, and continue the Senate’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.

June 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Set April 19, 2016, as Date of the Presidential Primary in New York

The New York State Senate today passed legislation designating the date of April 19th for the 2016 presidential primary in New York.

June 18, 2015
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Legislation Now Headed to the Governor's Desk

The New York State Senate this week gave final passage to a variety of legislation that has already passed in the Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for review.

June 18, 2015
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State Senate Passes Legislation on Automobile Recall Notices

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S4296B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would require registered automobile owners to be notified of any manufacturer recalls during

June 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Nail Salon Workers and Consumers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S5966), sponsored by Senator Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa), that would foster a safe and healthy environment for both nail salon workers and consumers.

June 17, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Protecting Students From Sexual Assault On College and University Campuses

The New York State Senate today passed crucial legislation in the fight against sexual violence on college campuses.

June 17, 2015
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Senate Passes Measure to Protect Businesses from Job-Killing Regulations

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C-I, Yorktown), to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of th

June 16, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help stop the spread of Lyme disease across the state.

June 16, 2015
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Legislation Now Headed to the Governor's Desk

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a variety of legislation that has already passed in the Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for review.

June 15, 2015
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Following Historic $1.4 Billion Aid Increase, Senate Republicans Act to Further Protect Students and Schools

Following a $1.4 billion school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans today acted to further protect students and their schools by passing common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

June 15, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Senior Citizens from Abuse and Exploitation

The New York State Senate today passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse.

June 15, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Art Authenticators

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S1229A) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) Chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, that provides better legal

June 15, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide SUNY and CUNY with Five-Year Capital Plans

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation (S5217), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jeffe

June 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Measure to Protect Good Samaritans Who Rescue Children Trapped in Cars

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S240), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), that would help prevent children from dying when trapped inside an overheated car.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Vote Count Accuracy and Prevent Voter Disenfranchisement

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent voter disenfranchisement by helping to ensure that votes are counted accurately by a ballot scanner.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Measure Encouraging Women and Minorities to Pursue Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S1960) sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester) that would provide science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) grants to en

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Improve New York's Agriculture Industry

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 10, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Support and Help Volunteer Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders

The New York State Senate today passed four bills that recognize the daily sacrifice and courage of volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders by offering them additional tax credits and education benefits.Legislation (

June 9, 2015
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