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Stephen M. Saland

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SENATOR SALAND ADVOCATES FOR TOOLS TO CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND RELATED CRIMES

Series of bills aimed at controlling abuse of prescription medications passes Senate

The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) and Senator Kemp Hannon that would remedy the legal discrepancies found in current law with respect to the diversion, possession, and prescription of non-controlled substances (S. 5260-C).

February 16, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND APPOINTED TO SERVE ON SENATE LIBRARY COMMITTEE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) proudly announced today that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. This 19-member bipartisan body was established by the Senate this year and signifies the importance of our libraries in our state’s education system.

February 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

Bill Would, For the First Time, Link Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A).  The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 14, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S “VICTIMS’ VOICES FOR JUSTICE ACT” PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his “Victims’ Voices for Justice Act” which expands the number of victim’s family members who may speak at the sentencing of a defendant (S.4092).

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STATE’S COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT

Legislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to fully restore the State’s pre-tax commuter benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.  Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OFFENDERS FROM WORKING ON SCHOOL BUSES

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ban certain criminal offenders from working on school buses (S.6157A). The bill, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, prohibits people who are convicted of offenses, such as sex and drug crimes, from being school bus monitors.

February 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLS

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical

The New York State Senate today passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

A bill was passed that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

February 6, 2012
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HELP SAVE A LIFE - GIVE THE GIFT OF BLOOD

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

February 3, 2012
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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide justice to crime victims and help prevent repeat offenders from committing even more crimes. That’s why I am encouraging residents throughout our community to sign my online petition and join my fight to expand the State's DNA databank.Look at the facts:

January 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES HIS BILL TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK PASSES SENATE

All Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994 (S.5560A). The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

January 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO PERMIT CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES TO TESTIFY VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to minimize the emotional harm to child victims and witnesses in murder and attempted murder cases (S.1433) and criminal assault and endangering the welfare of a child cases (S.2194) by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television.

January 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND'S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PASSES SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation (S.1417B) imposing stricter penalties on criminals who possess or promote child pornography.

Presently, child pornographers can be prosecuted for the same charge whether they promote one or many obscene images. Under Senator Saland’s bill, penalties would be increased for those who exploit children, as well as those who possess obscene materials. In addition, this legislation creates graduated penalties for those who possess multiple images of children in obscene sexual performances.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SALVIA DIVINORUM

In an effort to keep drugs out of the hands of New York State’s youth, the New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to ban the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia divinorum.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

January 23, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S RESPONSE TO THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET

The Governor’s budget revealed both good news and bad news. The bad news is it will be another challenging fiscal year. The good news is the Governor’s budget holds the line on spending and does not raise taxes and fees.

January 17, 2012
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