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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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Senate Passes Bill to Stop Career Criminals

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

June 10, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Unveils New Effort to Reduce Regulations That Hurt Job Creation

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein today announced that the Senate Majority Coalition will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes. “The state’s byzantine rule-making process can tie up businesses in expensive red tape that discourages job creation almost as much as high taxes,” Senator Skelos said. “The impact on local property taxes is just as bad. The Senate Majority Coalition wants to get rid of needless rules, make the regulatory process more accountable, and lessen the burden on taxpayers.”

June 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Creating Crime of Aggravated Harassment of a Police Officer

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that creates the crime of aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer. The bill (S.2402), sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) would make it a felony to physically attack a police officer while on duty.  

June 5, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill to Strengthen Distracted Driving Penalties for New Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick) to increase the safety of roads and drivers by strengthening penalties for teens and other new drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving.

June 5, 2013
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

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

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Creating "Deadbeat Parents Most Wanted List"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates a “deadbeat parents most wanted list” of financially-delinquent parents who are substantially late or behind on child support payments. The bill (S.4114), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is intended to locate parents who owe more than $10,000 in child support payments.

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Inexperienced Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents.

May 29, 2013
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