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Senate Passes Earth Day Bill Package

The New York State Senate today passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.

April 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills Targeting Organized Retail Crime

The New York State Senate today passed a package of legislation, sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), that would crack down on anyone participating in Organized Retail Crime. “According to the FBI, organized retail theft costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year,” said Senator Zeldin.

April 22, 2013
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Senate Republicans to Hold Hearing on New York City Public Finance Abuses

Senate Republicans today announced they will hold a public hearing within the next few weeks to examine New York City’s often abused public finance system amid calls by Democrats and good-government groups to replicate the system statewide.  The hearing will be led by Senate Elections Chair Thomas O’Mara and will include key lawmakers, experts on the City’s public finance system and good government advocates.

The City’s model, which provides candidates with a 6-to-1 taxpayer match, appears rife with abuse.

April 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 16, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Making it a Crime to Leave Young Children Unattended in a Car in Extreme Conditions

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child. "Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable.  This bill does that."

April 16, 2013
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Senate Bill Would Create ResultsNY.gov Website

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2233), sponsored by Senator  Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), to create a new website, ResultsNY.gov, that would enable the public to review the performance of government programs to see how effectively agencies are spending tax dollars.   People visiting the site could also submit their own suggestions and recommendations on how to stop government waste and reduce state spending.

April 15, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Juror Safety

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help protect jurors whose safety may be threatened, while also ensuring the integrity of judicial outcomes. The bill (S1513), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

April 15, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget That Delivers Tax Relief for Businesses and Families

The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

March 27, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Toughen Carjacking Penalties When a Child is Inside the Vehicle

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for carjacking a vehicle when there is a child inside. “Thefts of this nature not only traumatize children but place them at great risk of being physically harmed, either at the hands of the carjacker, by a stranger if the car is abandoned, or during a police chase,” Senator Skelos said.  “This bill would give prosecutors more tools to go after any criminal who jeopardizes a child as part of a carjacking.”

March 26, 2013
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Senate Passes 'Alix's Law'

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M.

March 25, 2013
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Statement By Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos

I am pleased that we have reached agreement on a responsible budget that includes the longtime Senate Republican priorities to create new jobs and cut taxes for hardworking, middle-class families. As part of this budget, we will provide a $350 Family Tax Relief check to families with children, offer incentives to help small businesses create new jobs, and eliminate the energy tax surcharge over the next three years, all initiatives highlighted by the Senate Republican conference throughout the budget process. 

March 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills Increasing Penalties for Drug Dealers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children or near alcohol and drug treatment facilities.  A bill (S.988), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a felony. “We need a no-nonsense policy when it comes to drug pushers who prey on our children,” said Senator Martins. “There is no excuse for anyone selling drugs to children 14 and younger. This bill holds them accountable. And makes sure they are taken off the streets.”

March 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.  Legislation (S.1459) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.  

March 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Penalties for Wrong-Way and Reckless Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), is in response to the significant number of recent vehicle crashes – often fatal - that involve individuals who knowingly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs drove the wrong way on highways and other roads. 

March 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Ensuring Prompt Delivery of Tax Refunds

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, (S.3047) sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset),  that would ensure timely payment of state income tax refunds. The bill requires the state to pay tax refunds within 30 days of the receipt of a taxpayer’s return, unless there is a discrepancy in the return.   “If taxpayers who  do the right thing and file on time, the state should do the right thing and  get the refunds out the door in a timely fashion,” said Senator Marcellino. “It shouldn’t take up to eight weeks to get your money back.  I think the state can do better and this legislation would make sure that they do.”

March 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Expand Renewable Energy Technology Use

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible.  The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.

March 12, 2013
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Senate Bill Targets Prescription Black Market

The New York State Senate today acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation (S.2942) sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City) makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

March 12, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget Resolution

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 11, 2013
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Senate Republicans Will Act to Restore Millions of Dollars Cut From Women's Health Programs in Governor's Budget

Senate Republicans today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget. Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today. Under the Executive Budget proposal, the Governor recommended shifting funding for 16 women’s health and wellness programs into six discretionary “pools,” and then subjected those “pools” to a 10 percent, across-the-board cut.

March 11, 2013
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Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them.

March 8, 2013
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