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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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2014-15 State Budget Cuts Taxes to Create New Job Opportunities for All New Yorkers

The 2014-15 State Budget, approved today by the State Senate, includes significant tax relief to businesses to encourage them to grow and create new job opportunities for New Yorkers.  Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,  said: “This is the fourth consecutive state budget that has reduced the tax burden on large and small businesses in an effort to encourage growth and job creation.  This budget includes more tax relief so small businesses and manufacturers can succeed, grow and create new economic opportunities.”

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Expands Access to Quality Health Care, Increases EPIC for Seniors, Protects Consumers From Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that will provide record support for a wide array of lifesaving health care services in communities across the state. Among the provisions in the budget are billions of dollars to ensure quality hospitals and nursing home facilities, funding for women’s and family health initiatives, a significantly expanded EPIC program to help our seniors afford their prescription medications, and new legislation to help eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills.

March 31, 2014
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Senate Passes Education Budget Providing $1.1 Billion Increase in School Aid

The New York State Senate today passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion.  The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.

March 31, 2014
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2014-2015 State Budget Makes Investments in Higher Education

The New York State Senate today passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state.  The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Provides Almost $5 Billion in Property Tax Relief

New York’s hardworking families will see substantial property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program -- $3.4 billion -- and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Includes Funding to Promote and Sustain Agriculture and Family Farming in New York State

The New York State Senate today passed a state budget that provides millions to support and strengthen New York State’s leading industry – agriculture. The 2014-2015 state budget includes $8 million in new budget funding, the highest level in six years. Funding will go to farming programs and initiatives, as well as towards research, education, and agriculture promotion throughout New York State. 

March 31, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Includes Funding to Improve State's Roads, Bridges, and Public Transit

The New York State Senate today passed transportation budget bills that provide critically important funding for roads, bridges, transit.

March 31, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Overdose Deaths by Increasing Access to Naloxone

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan.

March 27, 2014
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Senate Passes Resolution Honoring the Life of Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr.

The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the life of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week.

March 27, 2014
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Senate Passes Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate passed mandate relief legislation today, sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to set local speed limits, however, villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations are exempt from the requirement.

“This is a mandate relief measure,” said Senator Little. “Towns in New York are required to jump through a hoop that villages, cities and some very large towns don’t have to, costing them time and money.  This would create a uniform policy treating all municipalities the same.”

March 25, 2014
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

March 25, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill for State Contract Set-Aside for Disabled Veterans

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of sta

March 24, 2014
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Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Budget Conference Committee Table Targets

Legislative leaders today announced they have reached a consensus on table targets for the individual budget conference committees.

These funds will be used as the basis for budget negotiations among the committees and represents real progress towards the enactment of a fourth consecutive on-time budget.

March 20, 2014
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Senate Passes "Sunshine Week" Bill to Increase Public Access to Legislative Proceedings

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation to make state legislative proceedings more open and transparent by expanding public access to session, committee meetings, and votes. The bill (S3046C), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R- Syosset), requires the webcasting and archiving of Senate and Assembly committees and hearings and the online posting of votes taken in committees or on the floor.

March 18, 2014
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