Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill (S.5670B) to protect against discrimination on the basis of disability in the area of public accommodations.
"While the federal Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, New York State has lead the nation for many years in ensuring that accommodations are made for people with disabilities so they can enjoy many of the same programs, services and activities which able-bodied people take for granted," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C Tivoli) have announced Senate and Assembly passage of a bill (S.5958/A.8803) to designate Route 9-H in Columbia County as the Columbia County Veterans' Memorial Highway.
"From the veterans of World Wars I and II who fought in Europe and the Pacific to those who fought in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the many other conflicts where they placed their lives on the line, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these fine men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill (S.5917A) to require convicted sex offenders to register their Internet related information has passed the Senate.
"Children are trusting and they have no idea their Internet "friend" could be a pedophile trolling the Internet looking for his next victim," said Senator Saland. "Now that almost every home has a computer with Internet access, sex offenders have found an easier way to find their prey.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) announced passage of his bill (S.6098) which establishes a linked deposit program in order for lenders to make low-interest loans to eligible borrowers for water pollution control projects.
"Safeguarding our water supply is one of the most important efforts we can make to protect both the health of New Yorkers and our environment," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill, S.4018, which requires prospective employees of publicly funded special education schools to be fingerprinted and subjected to a criminal history background check.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Senate has passed his bill, S.5671, which would require that any state mandate imposing a cost upon a school district be imposed before the adoption of a school budget. This provision allows school districts to plan for and incorporate any new state imposed mandate in their upcoming school budget.
"As Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I am sensitive to school districts’ concerns regarding the unfunded mandates placed on them and have consistently opposed them.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that two bills he introduced regarding swimming pool safety have passed both houses of the Legislature.
Senate Bill 1092B seeks to make swimming pools safer for homeowners and neighboring residents by requiring that a pool owner have a permanent enclosure erected within 90 days of the issuance of the building permit or the start of the installation of an in-ground swimming pool, whichever is later.
"Backyard swimming pools can provide fun and entertainment for family and friends, and most conform to regulations," said S
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Senate has passed an omnibus real property tax relief bill, S.6119, which combines a number of initiatives he authored as well as other measures designed to reform the State’s property tax system.
"Tax payers have been calling for relief from the crushing burden of property taxes," said Senator Saland. "Reforming our property tax system, especially school property taxes, is a necessity.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced his bill (S.3740A) to authorize a court to order a defendant to submit to HIV testing upon indictment on certain sex offenses has passed the Senate.
"As the law stands now, the perpetrator of a sex crime can only be required to be tested for HIV upon conviction and convictions can sometimes happen years after the crime took place," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill (S.5669) to protect students from abuse in school has passed the Senate. The bill would enhance reporting requirements when children are abused on school grounds and strengthen background checks for school bus drivers and attendants.
"In 2000, I authored a law to require that any allegation of physical or sexual abuse of a student by a school employee or volunteer be immediately reported to the police.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill to require local courts to notify parents that their child, who holds a junior driver’s license or a learner’s permit, has committed a traffic infraction. It also requires that the notice inform parents they have the right to withdraw their consent for their child to continue to hold a junior license or permit.
"When a teenager holding a learner's permit or junior license commits a traffic infraction, it could indicate a lack of experience, maturity or ability," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) has announced passage of a new proposal, S.5998A, designed to reduce real property taxes by requiring the State to assume a school district’s contribution to pension costs. School districts would then be required to lower their property tax levy by a comparable amount. The entire Senate Majority has joined Senator Saland in cosponsoring this measure.
"The demand for real property tax relief has dominated the public’s interest for the last several years," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill dealing with contract terminations for school superintendents has passed the Senate.
When a school superintendent leaves employment before the end of his or her contract, Senate Bill 1094 would authorize a board of education to negotiate a compensation agreement on the unserved portion of the contract as long as it does not exceed 25% of the average annual compensation provided for in the contract.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that Shirley A. Adams of Poughkeepsie has been selected as a 2007 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.
The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.
For the past 26 years, Shirley Adams has dedicated her life to public service.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the availability of State grant money to help libraries expand, remodel or acquire new buildings. The funding was secured by Senator Saland in the 2007-2008 State Budget.
"The State has a firm commitment to making sure that our local libraries don’t just maintain the status quo, but thrive", said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C,I Poughkeepsie) today announced the passage of Upstate Now, a comprehensive job creation and economic statewide growth plan that particularly emphasizes revitalizing the struggling upstate economy, generating billions of dollars in new investment, and creating thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers.
The 10-point plan outlined in Senate Bill 5953 would invest a total of more than $3.7 billion into economic development initiatives over the next three years, including new tax relief and incentives, new and existing capital investments and private s
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit or debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree has passed the Senate.
"Credit card thieves continue to become more savvy and creative. In years past when shopping was always done in person in a store, a thief had to actually have a stolen credit card in his possession in order to use it fraudulently," said Senator Saland. "Now that we shop by phone and over the Internet, all we need is a credit or debit card number -- not the actual card -- to shop.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), today announced passage of legislation, S.5892, to develop statewide nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold to students during the school day. The Children's Healthy Access to Meals Program (CHAMP) directs the Commissioner of Education to collaborate with the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and Markets to develop statewide nutritional standards for elementary and secondary schools by December 31, 2007.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that three local students have won statewide recognition for environmental awareness through the State Senate’s 16th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION competition.
"Hundreds of students from across the State competed and our local winners were judged to be among the best for their imaginative ideas and displays," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he authored (S.5669), which will provide an additional layer of protection for children abused by school employees, volunteers or other children in a school setting, is proceeding toward passage in the Senate. The legislation also enhances the background check procedure for school bus drivers and attendants.
"It is disheartening to read the many news reports of children being physically or sexually victimized on school buses, and we wonder how it could possibly happen", said Senator Saland.