Senator Betty Little lauded passage of legislation in the New York State Senate today that adds 25 new Family Court judgeships including in Franklin and Warren counties. The measure passed the Assembly on Thursday, June 19.
This year’s State Budget provided $5 million to add judgeships to address increasing family court caseloads, but a decision was not made at the time of budget adoption regarding which counties would qualify for the new posts.
The State Legislature has approved a measure directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species. Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec are sponsors of the legislation.
The State Senate and Assembly have approved five bills designating Chateaugay Lake, Little Ausable River, Great Chazy River, Schroon River and Battenkill as inland waterways making the communities along these water bodies eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
The bills were proposed by Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Assemblyman Dan Stec at the request of local officials.
Bills Approved To Prevent Discrimination Based on Family Status; Stop Housing Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims;and Ensure Equal Pay for Women
The New York State Senate today passed three bills – all part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda – that would prevent employment discrimination against people with families, stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work
The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clinical instruction at continuing education programs in New York.
Mandatory continuing education for licensed massage therapists became effective in 2012. There are presently more than 17,000 state licensed therapists who are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years.
The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would designate the Battenkill an inland waterway making the communities along the river eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Stec passed the Assembly on Monday, June 9. The measure was introduced at the request of local officials.
The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a New York state tax credit for a portion of property taxes paid on privately held lands enrolled in a forestry stewardship or habitat conservation plan.
The tax credit would provide an incentive for private forest landowners to keep their land from development and preserve the benefits to wildlife, water quality, and the forest-based economy provided by contiguous forests.
The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would designate the Great Chazy River an inland waterway making the communities along the river eligible for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.The legislation was introduced at the request of local officials.The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a locally prepared land and water use plan for a community’s developed, natural, public and working waterfronts. The planning document may address issues such as recreation and commercial use of waterways and stewardship, including dredging. The program establishes a long-term partnership among local governments, community organizations and New York State.
A New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will host a public hearing Friday, April 25 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Clinton County Government Center. The task force was formed in March to examine the statewide rise in use of heroin and other opioids and to develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.
Senator Betty Little, a member of the bipartisan task force, will be joined by Senator Phil Boyle of Long Island, the task force chairman.
“The new enacted state budget addresses a number of priorities for me, including a reduction in the Gap Elimination Adjustment to help schools, extra funding to help municipalities fix roadways damaged by the harsh winter and tax relief for businesses and homeowners to help spur growth.
Legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions was approved today by the State Senate. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempts villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations.
Senator Betty Little has been appointed to the Rules Committee and the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee in the State Senate.
She will continue to serve as chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, and as a member of the following committees: Consumer Protection, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance and Judiciary.
The State Senate today passed legislation to prohibit the use of public assistance benefits for purchasing alcohol, tobacco products or lottery tickets. The legislation also would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at liquor stores, casinos or establishments providing adult-oriented entertainment.
REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW
ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.
“A new legislative year is now underway, and I’m looking forward to meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities to do some meaningful things for my constituents and all New Yorkers.
"The governor in his address pointed to many legislative successes of the past year. For me, the approval of two constitutional amendments were the highlights knowing how important these measures are to people living and working in the North Country.
The 2014 Legislative Session kicks off in January with the Governor’s annual State of the State message.Governor Cuomo will outline his priorities to the Legislature and to all New Yorkers and, in the months that follow, I will work with my colleagues on initiatives that we identify as being important to the future of our state and betterment of our communities.
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In advance of the 2014 Legislative Session set to begin in January, State Senator Betty Little and her Republican colleagues today announced a report outlining numerous proposals to simplify New York’s tax code and reduce taxes.
The report was developed based on testimony collected through a series of statewide hearings this fall.
“Helping small businesses by simplifying the tax code and providing broad-based tax relief is what’s needed to spur our economy in the North Country,” said Senator Betty Little. “Everyone agrees that our economy needs help. The most effective way to do that is by helping those that generate revenue and create jobs.”