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).
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
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.