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Senate Gives Final Passage to "START-UP NY" Job Creation Plan

In a new, significant initiative to create jobs and strengthen the state’s economy, the New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S5903) to establish the START-UP NY program that will create tax-free areas around the state’s colleges, universities and other designated areas.  The bill would also address the need for regulatory relief for businesses, a major priority of the Senate Majority Coalition.

June 21, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Bring Auto Insurance Proof To Your Smartphone

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S5068A) today, sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), that would enable drivers to have proof of auto insurance on their smartphones, rather than having to produce a paper insurance card.

June 21, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Allow Lever Machine Voting in NYC

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4088C), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would allow New York City to use mechanical lever voting machines in both the primary a

June 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Revitalize Not-For-Profit Laws

The New York State Senate today passed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (S5845), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), that would – for the first time in 40 years – overhaul state laws that govern charities and other not-for-profit organizations.   “The state laws that apply to not-for-profits were enacted in 1969 and, since that time, there has been no comprehensive review and update -- until now,” Senator Ranzenhofer said. “Millions of New Yorkers depend on not-for-profits to respond in times of emergency, provide health care, and offer vital community assistance, among many other services. 

June 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Allowing for Non-Profit Organizations to Operate the State's Organ Donation Registry

The New York State Senate today passed a bill aimed at increasing organ donation in New York State.

June 20, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Protect OPWDD From Funding Cuts

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts. The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate today approved the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton),  that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

 "Public assistance is designed to help needy families provide for their children until they can transition back to the workforce and become self-sufficient,”  Senator Libous said.  “This common-sense legislation would protect hardworking taxpayers from abuse while ensuring that families receiving welfare benefits continue to get the temporary assistance they need and deserve.”

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Hurricane Sandy Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, aids rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness.

June 17, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Ensure Individuals With Autism Receive Insurance Coverage For Treatments and Therapies

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to ensure individuals with autism are able to receive insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy as intended under New York State’s autism insurance reform law. The legislation is in response to regulations implemented by the New York State Department of Financial Services which have dramatically limited the number of ABA practitioners where individuals with autism can receive therapy which is covered by insurance.

June 17, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Stop Sales of Lighters That Look Like Toys

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to promote fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters.

June 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Assist New York's Veterans

The New York State Senate passed a package of legislation today to help New York’s military veterans achieve success in business, employment and education.   The Senate passed a bill (S2803A), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, Pawling), that would establish a program to provide state contract preferences for small businesses owned by service disabled veterans.  The bill would mirror a highly successful program for federal contracting. Information released by the New York State Department of Labor and the U.S. Census stated that nearly 20 percent of recent veterans under the age of 30 are unemployed. It was also reported that a staggering 28 percent of Gulf War-II era veterans reported having a service-connected disability.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Measure Improves Safety in Residential Youth Facilities

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and occupants in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Test Newborns for Congenital Heart Defects Through Pulse Oximetry Screening

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects (CHDs) through a process called pulse oximetry screening.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a Registry of Violent Offenders

The New York State Senate today approved “Brittany’s Law” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a registry of convicted violent felons.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Intoxicated Drivers From Avoiding Prosecution

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Pet Owners by Strengthening Pet Lemon Law

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would allow consumers more protections when purchasing a pet.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape That Hurts Job Creation

The New York State Senate passed 14 regulatory reform bills today as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 10, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Deter Recruitment By Terrorists

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

June 10, 2013
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