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Senate Passes Women's Equality Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal workSenate Majority Co-Leader Dean G.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Creating a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Community Benefit Projects to Receive Help From Prison Work Release Programs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2204A), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would expand work release programs to allow eligible inmates, deemed not to be dangerous, to help with not-for-pro

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Close Brooklyn Child-Stabber Loophole

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S2225D) today, sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would amend “Kendra’s Law” to require all inmates

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Fight the Financial Exploitation of Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate has passed a package of eight bills to prevent criminals from using financial schemes to prey upon senior citizens. The measures were recommended in a report released by the Senate Majority Coalition in May that examined this growing issue that affects thousands of senior New Yorkers each year. The type of elder abuse relating to financial exploitation involves the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else's benefit. It can result in the significant monetary loss for the victim, and in some cases, a person’s entire life savings. Financial exploitation can range from the theft of cash, to much more elaborate schemes. 

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Massage Therapist Continuing Education Bill

The State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S6712A), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clini

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bills to Make College More Affordable

The New York State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs. Senator LaValle said, “These bills go a long way in reaching the goals of accessible, quality, affordable education. We need to continue to pursue these types of measures today to better enable the students to compete in the world tomorrow.”

June 12, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Ensuring Medical Care for the State's Most Vulnerable Children

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would ensure that the state’s most vulnerable children receive necessary medical care in the absence of parental consent.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes CPR in Schools Bill

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), that would enable high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated defibrillators (AEDs).

“Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year,” Senator Grisanti said.  “It takes only a few minutes to teach CPR. Sixteen states are now ensuring students learn CPR prior to graduation and it’s time to add New York to the list.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to End Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

The New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Preventing Human Trafficking and Giving Greater Protection to Trafficked Victims

The New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation to save lives by preventing the exploitation of children and adults who are victims of human trafficking.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Make Residential Youth Facilities Safer

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Criminalizing "Revenge Porn"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S5946A), sponsored  by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), that would make it a crime to distribute “revenge porn.”   "Revenge porn" is the practice of sharing private nude photographs or explicit videos publically without the consent of the individual pictured. The dissemination of these images are posted online to strike back at someone and are often accompanied by personal information, including their full name, links to social media profiles and addresses. In some cases, these images are sold to porn sites in exchange for money. 

June 11, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to "Vince's Law"

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to “Vince’s Law,” a bill that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7217A) today, sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a concentrated alcoholic beverage also known as “Palcohol.”  

June 11, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Stronger "Campus Safety Act"

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a measure (S2753B), sponsored by Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-C, Halfmoon), that will assist victims of violent crimes and students who may have gone missing by r

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies. “Providing additional tax relief to encourage job creation is an end-of-session priority for Senate Republicans,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.  “The measures we passed today build on the major tax relief initiatives Senate Republicans successfully fought for in the state budget to help make small businesses and manufacturers more competitive.” The bills approved by the Senate today include the following measures:

June 10, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation to Boost Local Agricultural Purchases

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown and produced food.

June 10, 2014
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Senate Passes Bills Recommended By Heroin Task Force

The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package passed today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

June 9, 2014
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Senate to Act on Bills Recommended by Heroin Task Force

The New York State Senate today will act on 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package to be acted on today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

June 9, 2014
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