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Senate Passes Bill to Keep Violent Repeat Offenders in Prison

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society.

May 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure to Increase Penalties for Selling Drugs in Parks or on Playgrounds

The New York State Senate today passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks.

May 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure to Increase Penalties for Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would increase the fines for passing a stopped school bus. The bill (S.1064), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz, also requires criminal penalties for drivers who injure or kill a person by doing so.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Children From Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4791), sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean G.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Require Mandatory Jail Sentences for Repeat DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.“Every year, thousands of convicted DWI offenders are arrested for driving drunk again, and they are not required to spend one day in jail under current law.  That sends the wrong message.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Help New York Farmers Expand to New Markets

The New York State Senate today passed three bills to help farmers succeed by improving agricultural marketing efforts and better connecting farms to consumers across the state. The “Buy From the Backyard Act” (

May 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure to Encourage Environmentally Friendly Home Building

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to encourage the building of more “green” homes by creating a property tax exemption.

May 20, 2013
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Senate Approves Bills to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to crack down on auto insurance fraud which has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims and costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in higher premiums when New Yorkers already pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.The three bills approved today would significantly cut down on auto insurance sc

May 8, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Get Locally-Grown Produce to Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2149) sponsored by Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida), that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior center

May 7, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Breast Cancer Research Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that provides additional resources for breast cancer research and also passed a measure to increase access to important information about changes to women’s health coverage.

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Allow Lever Machine Voting

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for the use of  lever-style voting machines in non-federal elections in New York City, and in elections held by villages, school districts and special districts.Legislation (

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Increase "Green" Building Construction and Reduce Energy Costs

The New York State Senate today passed bills that would continue to promote the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings and the cost-saving benefits of net metering for utility bills. Both bills are sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), and would help reduce the consumption of limited natural resources, promote the use of renewable energy, and lower energy costs.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Vince's Law

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Students From Sexual Predators At School

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that makes it a crime for any school employee or volunteer to have sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians.

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Facilitate Care for the Elderly

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for the elderly or other relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities. The measure (

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Measures to Combat Prescription Drug Fraud and Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would prevent prescription drug fraud, theft and abuse. The measures address the illegal distribution of controlled substances by helping to reduce the availability of black market prescription forms and prosecuting “pill mills” that issue prescriptions and knowingly dispense controlled substances for profit.

April 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Curb Cheating on Academic Papers

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.

April 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Teresita's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation known as Teresita’s Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope),  recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.

April 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Safety Legislation

With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

April 23, 2013
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