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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S “GOOD SAMARITAN BILL” SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill, the “Good Samaritan Bill,”(S4454-B) was signed into law yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law encourages a witness or victim of a drug or alcohol related overdose to seek medical attention without being punished for drug or alcohol possession. The law is to take effect in 60 days. 

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

July 22, 2011
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SENATE INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

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July 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Syracuse District Fire Department Chief Mike Chura with the NYS Senate Liberty Award

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS FIRE CHIEF MIKE CHURA FOR SAVING WOMAN’S LIFE 

District Fire Chief Mike Chura is Presented with NYS Senate Liberty Award 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today honored Syracuse District Fire Department Chief Mike Chura for his heroic actions which saved the life of a woman in August 2010. Senator DeFrancisco presented District Chief Mike Chura with the New York State Senate Liberty Award at a ceremony this morning attended by Chura’s family, friends, and Assemblyman Will Barclay, (R-I-C, Pulaski). 

July 12, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Joins Governor Cuomo in Announcing the 2% Property Tax Cap that was Recently Signed into Law.

Senator DeFrnacisco joins Governor Cuomo and other Central New York Legislators in announcing the 2% property tax cap that the Governor recently signed into law.

July 6, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Receives the "Mr. Walt" Award from Walt Shepperd of the Media Unit.

Senator DeFrancisco Receives the "Mr. Walt" Award from Walt Shepperd of the Media Unit.

July 5, 2011
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Captiol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/20/11

Senator DeFrancisco talks about Good Samaritan Bill, Biometrics Identification and Medicaid, Autism Insurance Legislation, New Legislation

June 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Skaneateles Boys Soccer Team with a Resolution Honoring their State Championship

Senator DeFrancisco Presents the Skaneateles Boys Soccer Team with a Resolution Honoring their State Championship

June 20, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

June 20, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Elmcrest Elementary School

June 20, 2011
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Capitol Report with Senator John DeFrancisco, 6/17/11

Senator DeFrancisco talks about passing numerous bills in the last days of session including the Gold Alert, Pharmacy Co-Payments, Health & Fitness,  DNA Expansion Bill,  Rainy Day Cap, and the Veterans' Hall of Fame

June 20, 2011
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Honoring Chuck Murphy

Senator John DeFrancisco recognizes Sergeant Major Charles Murphy of the US Army on his induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 20, 2011
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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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