Senate Passes Bill Expanding And Enhancing Dna Database

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.584) that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime. The bill will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.

"The DNA databank is a powerful tool that law enforcement can use to prosecute criminals and protect victims," Senator Andrew Lanza said.

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Senate Passes Lanza's Bill To Crack Down On Video Game Violence

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), that would take steps to crack down on video game violence, and combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.

The bill (S.5888) would establish the Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence to review the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system and its effectiveness, and recommend additional steps that can be taken to curb children’s access and exposure to such "adult-only" material.

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Senate Passes Healthy Schools Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5892) to establish nutrition guidelines for school districts to follow in order to provide students with healthy food choices. The Childhood Healthy Access to Meals Program (CHAMP) will provide children with more nutritious foods at school in an effort to reduce the growing crisis of childhood obesity and other children’s health issues.

"Statistics show that childhood obesity has become a public health crisis," Senator Andrew Lanza said.

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Senate Passes Legislation To Crack Down On Video Game Violence

Reacting strongly to the recent release of a sick video game which exploits the Virginia Tech University tragedy, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and his colleagues in the Senate Majority today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation that would reduce children’s exposure to violent video games.

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Senate Okays Farm Relief Bill

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the State Senate has passed a bill that would provide relief to farmers from the high costs and red tape a new state regulation could potentially cause them.

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Senator Flanagan Successful In Pushing For Public Authorities Reform

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), the Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, announced Senate passage of legislation that will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005. The legislation, which Senator Flanagan sponsored, will institute important reforms that will ensure greater openness, transparency and accountability in New York State's public authorities."Until we enacted the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, these agencies in many ways operated independent of any real external oversight.

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Senator Farley Unveils Upstate Now Plan

My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate Majority unveiled recently an agenda for this region called "Upstate Now."

 

This 10-point plan includes reducing taxes for small businesses, manufacturers and key industries; building and investing in a 21st Century infrastructure for the upstate economy; making upstate an international powerhouse in new and emerging technologies; and reducing energy costs for employers and promoting energy independence.

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Senate Joins Law Enforcement Officers In Renewing Call To Pass Death Penalty Legislation For Cop Killers

As law enforcement officers from across the State converge on Albany for the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the New York State Police Officers Memorial, members of the Senate Majority today renewed their call for legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), to establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.

The legislation to establish the death penalty for cop killers, S.319, was approved by the State Senate on May 14, 2007.

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Senator Lanza Joins Law Enforcement Officers In Renewing Call To Pass Death Penalty Legislation For Cop Killers

As law enforcement officers from across the State converge on Albany for the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the New York State Police Officers Memorial, members of the Senate Majority today renewed their call for legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), to establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.

The legislation to establish the death penalty for cop killers, S.319, was approved by the State Senate on May 14, 2007.

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