Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced today the passage of legislation which would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied.
This legislation provides school districts with the tools they need to address bullying and cyberbullying to help ensure that the school environment is safe for all students. This comprehensive measure includes within the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying verbal and non-verbal actions, whether on or off school property, which create a risk of substantial disruption of the school environment.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C- Poughkeepsie) announced the passing of the most significant changes to the laws protecting victims of domestic violence since the enactment of his Family Intervention and Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 1994 which instituted the mandatory arrest policy in situations involving domestic abuse.
Saland, partnering with Governor Cuomo and several members of the Senate and Assembly, successfully ushered a comprehensive domestic violence bill through the Senate with bipartisan support.
A Real-Time Registry for Tracking Prescription Drugs Among Tools to Combat Epidemic
Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) partnered with his Senate colleagues to pass legislation, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), that would create a real-time database within the Department of Health to track prescription medications and help identify abuse, fraud, and diversion within the health care system.
Bill gives courts authority to address violators of Leandra’s Law
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that authorizes courts to re-impose a sentence of probation and a requirement of an ignition interlock device (IID) following revocation of a sentence of probation or conditional discharge imposed under the Child Passenger Protection Act (Leandra’s Law) (S.6680).
This bill clarifies the intent of Leandra’s Law to ensure that the courts have the ability to re-sentence a defendant who violates probation or conditional discharge and impose an obligation to re-install an IID on their vehicle.
Bill enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act, which includes measures designed to protect children from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography, and child sexual abuse (S.5226A).
While laws have been enacted to counter online crimes and child prostitution, additional provisions are needed to assist law enforcement to address these heinous acts. This comprehensive measure unanimously passed in the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.
More than 200 Museums participating in first-ever celebration, May 31 – June 6
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more. From May 31 to June 6, more than 200 museums across the state will be part of the inaugural New York State Museum Week and will be offering special events, activities and promotions to give guests a sample of the exhibitions and programs available at the nearly 2,000 museums located throughout New York.
MTA’s spending to be capped: Stop them in their tracks
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) introduced legislation this week to eliminate the MTA payroll tax, roll back the supplemental registration and license fees on motor vehicles and reduce scheduled MTA fare increases.
In 2009, Saland and his Senate Republican colleagues railed against the MTA bail-out plan that imposed a job-killing payroll tax on employers in the MTA region and increased motor vehicle license and registration fees. Vowing to right the wrong supported by the previous State Democrat leadership, the Senate Republicans successfully fought to reduce the payroll tax on 80% of businesses and all schools and libraries.
Measure Prevents Criminals From Profiting From Their Crimes
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that closes a loophole in the “Son of Sam” law to further restrict a criminal’s ability to profit from their crimes. The bill (S.4393A) corrects a longstanding flaw in the state’s existing “Son of Sam” law by preventing all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from commercially exploiting their crime.
Bill creates public library districts in the Town of LaGrange and Village of Wappingers Falls
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced his legislation creating the Grinnell Public Library District in the town of Wappingers Falls (S.7000), and the LaGrange Public Library District in the town of LaGrange ( S.5504B) has passed the Senate.
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit and debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree (S.1411) 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 possess a stolen credit card to use it fraudulently,” said Senator Saland. “Now that we shop by phone and over the Internet, it’s no longer necessary to swipe your credit card to make a purchase. Surprisingly, while it is against the law to steal credit card, it is not against the law to steal a credit card number.”
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced new legislation today that will give school districts enhanced abilities to dismiss teachers who engage in acts of inappropriate sexual conduct with students. The legislation comes in the wake of a recent reports by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District, who noted that there was a 35 percent increase in complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct involving school employees in the first three months of 2012 as compared to 2011.