J5471

Honoring Rashied McDuffie upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Rashied McDuffie upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award by
the Buffalo Branch NAACP

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those who enhance
the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the maintenance of high standards in their
profession, certainly have earned the recognition and applause of all
the citizens of this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Rashied McDuffie upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award by the NAACP, to be celebrated on
Saturday, June 9, 2018; and
WHEREAS, As an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Buffalo
Department of Law, Rashied McDuffie defends the City in complex and
challenging city and state actions; and
WHEREAS, Rashied McDuffie began his illustrious career in government
as a Legislative Assistant and then Chief of Staff to a city council
member; his tireless efforts in these positions resulted in substantial
investments for various capital projects in Western New York, such as
the Frank E. Merriweather Library; and
WHEREAS, In June of 2005, Rashied McDuffie left his Chief of Staff
position to attend the University of Miami School of Law; and
WHEREAS, While earning his law degree, this extraordinary man main-
tained full-time employment and held leadership roles in several campus
organizations, including the Black Law Students Association and Student
Government; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his leadership roles, Rashied McDuffie
presented numerous CLE trainings for local attorneys and nonprofits and
was subsequently named a Public Fellow by the University of Miami School
of Law; and
WHEREAS, Rashied McDuffie worked on Hillary Clinton's Presidential
Campaign, during which time he organized events with both Hillary and
Bill Clinton, and served as an advisor on urban and faith-based policy
matters; he also worked as the Deputy Finance Associate to Florida
Congressman Ron Klein; and
WHEREAS, After completing his time in campaigns, Rashied McDuffie
utilized his talents to serve as Executive Director to the New York
State Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, and as a state
environmental law advisor to the Senate Majority Whip; and
WHEREAS, Rashied McDuffie then served as District Director to a member
of the House of Representatives in Houston, Texas, before coming back to
Buffalo to hold his current position; and
WHEREAS, A true asset to his profession, Rashied McDuffie serves as
President of the Minority Bar Association and is a member of the New
York State and State of Florida Bar Associations; and
WHEREAS, Rashied McDuffie is also a member of the Erie County Charter
Revision Commission, the Michigan Street African American Heritage
Corridor Commission, and the Community Health Center of Buffalo Execu-
tive Board; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Rashied McDuffie has displayed
throughout his life; and
WHEREAS, It has always been the objective of this Legislative Body to
honor and support those individuals who have displayed their commitment
to the betterment of their communities, and it is the intent of this

Legislative Body to inscribe upon its records, this tribute to Rashied
McDuffie, that future generations may know and appreciate his admirable
character, his many benevolent deeds, and the respect and esteem in
which he is held by his peers; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Rashied McDuffie upon the occasion of his designation as recipient
of the Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award by the Buffalo Branch NAACP; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Rashied McDuffie.

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  • 31 / May / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 05 / Jun / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 05 / Jun / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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J5470

Congratulating Justin D. Slate upon the occasion of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Justin D. Slate upon the occasion
of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout, the most prestigious
of Scouting honors, on June 4, 2018

WHEREAS, Justin D. Slate, through his diligence and rigorous efforts,
has achieved Scouting's highest and most prestigious rank, Eagle Scout;
the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018;
and
WHEREAS, Justin Dominic Slate is a member of Boy Scouts of America
Troop 22 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville, New York; and
WHEREAS, America has achieved her greatest heights of glory through
the dedication, determination and tireless efforts of the outstanding
citizens of this Nation; and
WHEREAS, It is only with the continued diligence and devotion of our
youth, tomorrow's leaders, that America will maintain her glory; and
WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America and its members are dedicated to
the development of character and leadership in the youth of this Nation;
and
WHEREAS, The highest achievement of leadership in Scouting, earned by
only five percent of all Boy Scouts, is the distinguished rank of Eagle
Scout; and
WHEREAS, This outstanding young man has been involved in Scouting for
many years, has lived up to Scouting's ideals and has attained all of
the necessary achievements, including completion of a community service
project, which was successfully planned, developed and executed; and
WHEREAS, Justin D. Slate's perseverance in rising through the ranks to
Eagle Scout is a strong indication of his ability to master difficult
tasks; his accomplishment will enable him to emerge as a leader, fully
equipped to meet the challenges of today's complex society; and
WHEREAS, This new Eagle Scout is a credit to his family, his school,
his community, his State and his Nation, and no doubt his future will be
filled with accomplishments of equal importance; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations, in
recognition of the significance of this meritorious achievement, to
congratulate and honor Justin D. Slate on achieving the rank of Eagle
Scout; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Justin D. Slate.

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  • 31 / May / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 05 / Jun / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 05 / Jun / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
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K1273

Urging the US Congress to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and to pass the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION urging the United State Congress to recognize
industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and to pass the
Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would permanently legalize hemp, remov-
ing it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and establish-
ing it as an agricultural commodity

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to urge the US
Congress to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commod-
ity and to pass the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S.2667/H.R. 5485); and
WHEREAS, A bi-partisan effort has taken place at both the federal and
state levels to pass legislation which would allow American farmers to
compete with foreign nations in hemp production; and
WHEREAS, Industrial hemp, as defined in New York State law, means the
plant Cannabis Sativa L. and any part of the plant with less than three-
tenths of one percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); and
WHEREAS, Industrial hemp plants are cultivated for products derived
from the whole stalk, seeds, and roots, including fiber, food, oil, and
extracts; and
WHEREAS, Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the federal
Farm Bill, and the federal Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2016, author-
ized state industrial hemp agricultural pilot research programs and the
activities associated with such programs; and
WHEREAS, The New York State legislature and Governor enacted Chapter
524 of the Laws of 2014, Chapter 256 of the Laws of 2016, and Chapters
58 and 88 of the Laws of 2017 which collectively define industrial hemp
as an agricultural product, establish industrial hemp research pilot
programs, provide for technical assistance and regulation by the State,
and authorize the growth, sale, distribution, transportation and proc-
essing of industrial hemp and products derived from hemp as part of the
research program authorized in accordance with federal law; and
WHEREAS, The State, through the Department of Agriculture and Markets
and Empire State Development Corporation, farmers, researchers, and
industry leaders, have worked together over the past four years to
explore opportunities in hemp production and products and invest in
making New York State's hemp industry a national leader so it will be
poised to take advantage of the potential $1 billion national market for
growing, producing, processing and selling hemp and hemp products; and
WHEREAS, Each year, American companies are forced to import millions
of dollars' worth of hemp seed and fiber products annually from China,
Canada, Europe, and other countries; and
WHEREAS, Nutritious hemp foods can be found in grocery stores nation-
wide and strong durable hemp fibers can be found in the interior parts
of millions of American cars and numerous buildings are being
constructed using a long-lasting, energy-saving hemp and lime concrete
mixture which acts to sequester carbon; and
WHEREAS, Uncertainty about federal laws inhibit investment in the
United States and New York hemp industry by agricultural producers
manufacturers, processors and other businesses; and
WHEREAS, The US relied upon hemp from the Mayflower to the U.S.S.
Constitution and through every world war; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Congress of the United States be and hereby is
respectfully memorialized by this Legislative Body to recognize indus-
trial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity; to pass the Hemp Farm-
ing Act of 2018; to permanently legalize hemp, removing it from the
purview of the Controlled Substances Act and establishing it as an agri-
cultural commodity; to acknowledge that allowing and encouraging farmers
to produce industrial hemp will improve the balance of trade by promot-

ing domestic sources of industrial hemp; and to assist United States
producers by removing barriers to State regulation of the commercial
production of industrial hemp; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the President of the Senate of the United States, the Speaker
of the House of Representatives, and to each member of the Congressional
Delegation from the State of New York.

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  • 31 / May / 2018
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 06 / Jun / 2018
    • REPORTED REFERRED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
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Senator George Amedore, co-Chair of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse and Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee today announced legislation (S.8820) that would allow the use of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids in certain instances. The bill is expected to advance through the Senate Health Committee on Thursday, May 31st.

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