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SENATE PASSES “GOOD SAMARITAN” BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed the “Good Samaritan Bill,”  (S4454-B) which would encourage a witness or victim of a drug or alcohol related overdose to save the life of the victim by calling 911 without being punished for drug or alcohol possession.            

“Fear of prosecution has become an obstacle in seeking medical care for someone suffering from a drug or alcohol overdose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. This bill would change that by encouraging people to call emergency services when lives are in jeopardy, regardless of their state of mind.”             

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR PARTICIPATING IN ANIMAL FIGHTING

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today announced legislation that he co-sponsored (S3237-A) to increase penalties for those who have knowingly participated in animal fighting passed the New York State Senate. 

“The criminal organization and participation in the cruel activity of animal fighting unfortunately still takes place in New York State despite the penalties currently associated with it,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This legislation would strengthen the current laws against animal fighting and ensure that anyone attending an animal fight would face tougher penalties. Without spectators, there would be no animal fighting.”

June 20, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed a bill that he co-sponsored (S.4005A), which would enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The legislation would require insurance companies to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, including behavioral health treatments, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Insurance companies would be prohibited from terminating coverage or refusing to renew, adjust, amend, issue, or execute a policy solely because the individual has been diagnosed with or received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING IMPLEMENTATION OF BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGY TO CRACK DOWN ON MEDICAID FRAUD

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed a bill that he co-sponsored (S4384B), which would require the Department of Health, in consultation with the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and the Office of the Attorney General, to implement a program requiring the use of biometric technology to help prevent Medicaid fraud.                

June 20, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate yesterday passed a bill that he co-sponsored (S3901A), which would authorize local governments to create a permitting system for demonstrations conducted within one thousand feet of a veteran’s funeral, memorial service, wake or burial.                

This bill would establish a fine for violations that occur on state property and would allow a city, town, village or county to enact a permit requirement and to establish a reasonable civil penalty for any person who is found to have intentionally organized a demonstration without first acquiring the required permit.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES GOLD ALERT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed his “Gold Alert” bill (S3293B) to assist in locating vulnerable missing adults.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PHARMACIES COLLECT CO-PAYMENTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed his bill (S4749), which would allow pharmacies to collect prescription drug co-payments at the point of sale.

Currently, recipients of Medicaid and Family Health Plus can refuse to pay a modest co-payment, which can range between $1 and $6 depending on the prescription. The pharmacy must still honor the prescription despite a beneficiary’s refusal to pay, resulting in significant financial losses to New York State pharmacies each year.

June 20, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Off The Floor - Room 332 CAP

June 15, 5:00 PM - 5:51 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Break Ground for the Dexter Parkway Drainage Project

Senator DeFrancisco Helps Break Ground for the Dexter Parkway Drainage Project

June 15, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students & Mentors at the LaFayette Big Picture School Mentor Appreciation Breakfast

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students & Mentors at the LaFayette Big Picture School Mentor Appreciation Breakfast

June 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed his bill (S2856A) that would establish a New York State Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health. 

“Obesity in children is on the rise. More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco. 

“We need to be proactive about promoting healthy lifestyles to our young people, so that we can reverse the unhealthy trends that cost our nation $117 billion annually in health care expenses,” said Senator DeFrancisco. 

June 14, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/13/11

Senator John DeFrancisco speaks about End of Session Priorities, Gold Alert, Tougher Laws For Boating While Intoxicated, West Genesse HS Academic Decathlon

June 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL LIMITING TIME TO COLLECT STATE TAX LIABILITIES TO 20 YEARS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed his bill (S3946) that would require the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to collect an unpaid tax debt within 20 years of its issuance, or the tax liability would expire.

The current law provides no time frame in which the tax liability must be collected, resulting in manpower being wasted on old record maintenance and on attempts at unlikely collection of debt. 

June 14, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair   Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MEETING WILL BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR

June 15, 4:00 PM - 4:51 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents the West Genesee High School Academic Decathlon Team with a Resolution for Finishing in First Place at the 2011 New York State Academic Decathlon Championships

Senator DeFrancisco Presents the West Genesee High School Academic Decathlon Team with a Resolution for Finishing in First Place at the 2011 New York State Academic Decathlon Championships

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with the Wheeler Elementary School Student Council During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with the Wheeler Elementary School Student Council During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Bishops Academy at St. Charles During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from the Bishops Academy at St. Charles During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Recent Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Visit to the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Roberts Elementary School During their Visit to the Capitol.

June 10, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Finance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Finance Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, June 13, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 13, 11:00 AM - 11:43 AM
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