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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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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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