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Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion With Resolution and Veterans Legislation

The New York State Senate has just honored World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.

June 2, 2014
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Senate Passes Animal Protection Bills

The New York State Senate today marked the 4th annual Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol by passing bills, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R-C-I, Patterson), to protect animals from harm and cruelty.

May 28, 2014
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Senate's Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Releases Report and Legislative Recommendations

The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York.

May 28, 2014
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Senate Passes the "Protect Our Children Act"

The New York State Senate today passed the “Protect Our Children Act” (S1721B), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), which would create the new crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life in

May 21, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Students From Sexual Predators at School

The New York State Senate today passed legislation criminalizing any school employee or volunteer who has sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent.

May 19, 2014
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State.

May 13, 2014
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Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape That Hurts Job Creation

The New York State Senate today approved a regulatory reform package of bills that would help spur job growth by cutting the red tape that hurts small businesses and strangles economic growth. The three bills address one of the more frequently cited roadblocks to job creation – overly burdensome, costly, and unnecessary state rules and regulations.

May 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a Registry of Violent Offenders

The New York State Senate today approved “Brittany’s Law,” a bill that would increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a public registry of convicted violent felons. The bill (S1850B), sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), establishes a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring certain convicted felons to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) upon release from prison.

May 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Punishment of Persistent Criminal Offenders

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S3074) today, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would authorize courts to charge criminals with a felony if they are charged with a misdemeanor after three prior

May 7, 2014
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Senate Cracks Down on Hit-and-Run Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that increases the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when a death, injury, or damage of property occurs.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Award High School Diplomas to Veterans

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S6292) today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo), that would make all veterans eligible for “Operation Recognition,” which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.

Operation Recognition, which is a nationwide effort, currently allows honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam wars, to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand eligibility for this program to all military service veterans who served in the United States military and did not complete their education after their term of service.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Approves Bills to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to crack down on criminals and scam artists who commit auto insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers billion of dollars in higher insurance premiums, and has caused serious injuries and death to innocent victims.The bills, sponsored by Senator James Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, and Senate Coalition Co-Leader Dea

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Boost State Funding for Small Businesses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to direct more state economic development funding to small businesses so they can become more economically competitive, grow, and create more jobs. The bill (S1530), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would require state agencies that award economic development assistance to give preference to small businesses and entrepreneurs because they are most in need of assistance and are significant job creators.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Create Website for Women's Health Initiatives

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3817), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would direct the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website devoted to women's health initiatives. Senator Hannon said, “This legislation will establish an up-to-date, Department of Health website to assist women in understanding the health initiatives and expansion of covered services that have taken effect.  The federal government already has such a website, but New Yorkers should be able to access a similar site which is specific to our State.”

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents where alcohol may be a factor.

May 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Simplifying Application for Senior Citizens Renewing Enhanced STAR Tax Exemption

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2937), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption.  “I’m trying to make the renewal process easier and simpler for the Enhanced STAR, which is for our lower-income senior citizens,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “For those who are not already enrolled in the State’s automatic renewal program, this bill provides for a simplified renewal application.” 

May 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Registered Sex Offenders From Operating a School Bus or Passenger Bus

New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1519), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

April 28, 2014
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Senate Bill Creates Harsher Penalties for Methamphetamine Production

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce the number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, which pose dangerous threats to public health and safety.

April 28, 2014
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JOINT SENATE TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR FORUMS TO BE HELD STATEWIDE

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the schedule for the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The forums will be held statewide to solicit input on the rise in the use of heroin and opioids and to develop legislative recommendations for treating and preventing addiction and its consequences. The first forum is being held this Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Van Nostrand Theatre of Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood. Interested members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. For more information, please call (631) 665-2311. The full schedule is below.

April 4, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Bolsters EPF, Invests in State Parks and Helps Improve Environmental Infrastructure

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state.

March 31, 2014
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