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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Requiring Minors to Obtain Parental Permission for Body Piercing

Anyone Under 18 Would Need A Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Non Ear-Piercing  The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7446) sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would require minors to obtain consent from a parent or guardian for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings, other than piercing one’s ears.

June 13, 2012
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Banning Ownership of Animal Fighting Paraphernalia

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S6774A), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), which bans people from owning, selling, or manufacturing animal fighting paraphernalia. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.  "Animals are defenseless, with no sort of protection from the cruel, senseless and illegal practice that is animal fighting," said Senator Ritchie.  "By passing this bill, and making an effort to outlaw animal fighting tools, we are cracking down on animal fights and the activities that often go along with them, like illegal gambling and drug dealing."

June 13, 2012
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Protecting Consumers From Intrusive Telemarketers

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

June 13, 2012
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Improve Health and Safety of Dogs and Cats Sold by Pet Stores

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7268A), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, Patterson), that will ensure improved health and safety of pets sold in stores. The Senate took up the bill on New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where legislators and animal advocates network, share ideas, and lobby for stronger anti-cruelty laws.   

June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence. The bill (S7638), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly.  It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Mercury in Light Bulbs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that prohibits the sale of light bulbs that contain high levels of mercury – a known hazardous chemical. The bill (S7004), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would protect the environment and public health by reducing the amount of mercury that ends up in homes and the waste stream. 

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Allow Brew-Pub Owners to Also Open Restaurants

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7110), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo) that would allow a brew-pub owner to also open a restaurant.  “I applaud today’s passage of this legislation to allow an individual to own a license for both manufacturing of alcohol and an alcohol retail license, which will create the opportunity for one owner to operate a restaurant and a brew-pub facility,” said Senator Grisanti. “With brew-pubs springing up across the state, it is counterproductive and anti-business to limit entrepreneurs.”

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Honor Fallen Firefighters

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7458), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.   “Our firefighters put their lives on the line each and every time they respond to a distress call,” Senator Skelos said.  “They all deserve our respect, and those that give their lives in the service of others while in the line of duty deserve to be included in a lasting memorial such as the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”

June 12, 2012
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Senate Calls On Assembly to Act On Top 10 List of Tough Anti-Crime Bills

With two weeks left in the 2012 legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today called on the state Assembly to vote on a “Top 10 List” of tough anti-crime bills that have already passed the Senate this session. “From banning dangerous drugs to preventing drunk driving, from stopping child pornography to cracking down on auto insurance fraud, the Senate has passed many important bills that would prevent crime and punish criminals,” Senator Skelos said.  “Unfortunately, these bills have languished, some of them for years, in the Assembly. All of them should be voted on before we conclude the 2012 session.”

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills Making it Easier to Obtain STAR Exemptions

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to simplify the process for senior citizens and other qualifying homeowners to apply for and receive their STAR property tax exemption.   Legislation (S1924), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), would eliminate the requirement that senior citizens reapply for the STAR property tax exemption every year.

June 11, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate today passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.   The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Domestic Violence Legislation

"This agreement builds on our commitment to combat domestic violence and protect innocent victims, which has always been a focus of our Senate Republican conference. Rather than politicize this issue as others have done, we’ve worked cooperatively with the Governor and Assembly to once again show that government can function and deliver on a critically-important issue. I applaud the Governor for his leadership and commend Senator Saland and Senator Golden for helping us achieve a strong bill that will save lives."

June 11, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING NEW YORK'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS

Increases Penalty for Repeat Offenders to a FelonyProtects Domestic Violence Victims from Further Harm by Strengthening Bail Requirements for Offenders with Prior History or who Have Access to Firearms

June 11, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 6, 2012
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Senate Passes Unit Pricing Bill to Make Shopping for Value Easier for Consumers

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7277A), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti, that would require certain retail chain stores to disclose their unit pricing in an effort to make shopping less confusing for customers looking for the best values. The changes would only affect stores with more than $2.5 million in annual sales.

June 6, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on I-STOP Legislation

"The effects of prescription drug abuse are being felt all across this state, especially among young people who are using painkillers to disastrous consequences. I commend Senator Lanza, who has championed this bill for more than three years, and Senator Hannon, the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, for recognizing early on that a legislative remedy was a critical and necessary step. I thank the Governor, the Attorney General, and our colleagues in the Assembly for working with us to lead the charge in cracking down on prescription drug abuse so New Yorkers are better protected."

June 5, 2012
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Senate Passes "Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act"

The New York State Senate today passed the “Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act” (S5226A), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee.  The bill creates new, tougher crimes for predators who prey on children over the Internet.

June 5, 2012
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Senate Passes College Affordability Plan

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.

June 4, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Exempt Libraries from MTA Payroll Tax

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6079A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), that would exempt libraries from the paying the MTA payroll tax. Repealing the tax would save libraries in the downstate MTA region $1.3 million annually. “When the MTA payroll tax is applied to the payrolls of entities such as school districts and libraries, it is being paid by our taxpayers. In this economic climate, we need to ease the burden on our taxpayers,” Senator Martins said.  “This measure will eliminate a cost that was unfairly placed on our libraries, which serve as centers for our communities.”

June 4, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on David Storobin's Victory

Now that all of the votes have been counted and a mandatory recount has taken place, I want to extend my congratulations to David Storobin on his long-awaited victory in the special election for the 27th Senate District.  This victory is a credit to the grass roots campaign he ran and shows that Brooklyn residents are ready to make a fresh, new start.

I expect David to be a strong voice on their behalf and our partner in controlling spending, reducing taxes and helping businesses create new jobs. 

I know that Senator-elect Storobin will be a valuable addition to the New York State Senate, and I welcome him to our chamber.

May 31, 2012
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