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Delgado cheers passage of election security bill

Rep. Antonio Delgado applauded on Thursday the House passing a bill that would authorize $600 million in federal grants for states to upgrade their voting systems to try to prevent overseas hacking of American elections. “Foreign interference in our elections is not just a threat—it is a political reality and an urgent national security concern,” […]

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Brabenec to Trump: have DOJ review driver’s license law

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec jumped aboard the county clerks’ letter-writing campaign to President Trump on Friday, adding his own request that the Department of Justice review New York’s new law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. “Many of our County Clerks are voicing concern that adhering to this law will violate their oaths of office,” […]

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Gillibrand revives bill to clear records of discharged LGBTQ military personnel

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has re-introduced a six-year-old bill that would enable veterans who were ousted from the military solely for being gay or lesbian to have any negative discharges they received changed to “honorable” to protect their benefits and employment prospects. “Veterans who honorably served our nation should not have to fight for their benefits,” […]

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Legislature passes Skoufis bill to require campaign ad disclosure

A bill carried in the Senate by James Skoufis and given final approved by that chamber this month aims to squelch anonymous campaign attacks by requiring all political ads and mailings disclose who paid for them. Federal campaigns already are bound by that obligation, but state law previously required a “paid for by” notice only […]

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Metzger hails “nation-leading” plan to slash NY’s planet-warming gases

State Sen. Jen Metzger celebrated the passage this week of a bill requiring New York to shed all fossil-fuel power in just over 20 years and be carbon-fee a decade later, an ambitious drive to arrest global warming that thrilled environmentalists and raised red flags for Republicans, nearly all of whom voted against it. Metzger, […]

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Metzger touts bills to help NY farmers

Sen. Jen Metzger promoted 10 bills on Friday that have cleared the Senate and are intended to help farmers and bolster New York’s agriculture industry. Most of the bills were approved that day or on Thursday, and all of them had unanimous support. Metzger, a Rosendale Democrat and chairwoman of Senate Agriculture Committee, sponsored seven […]

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Cahill, Schmitt break with their parties on dropping religious exemptions for vaccines

Two mid-Hudson lawmakers bucked their parties’ prevailing positions on Thursday as the state Legislature voted to end New York’s religious exemptions from mandatory school vaccinations in the midst of a measles outbreak that has affected parts of their region. Democrats largely supported removing the exemption from state law, arguing that religious freedom doesn’t extend to […]

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Skoufis bill would create state agency for the physically disabled

State lawmakers have passed a bill by Sen. James Skoufis that would re-establish a state agency that advocates on behalf of New Yorkers with physical disabilities – something that once existed in Albany but no longer does. The bill to create the Office of the Advocate for People with Disabilities was approved on May 29 […]

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Assembly set to pass bill allowing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

The Assembly is expected to approve a bill on Tuesday that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, a politically charged proposal that faces uncertain prospects in the Senate in the closing weeks of the 2019 legislative session. Democratic lawmakers and advocates argue the Green Light bill would improve road safety by getting undocumented […]

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Metzger bill would expedite 6 a.m. primary start

The state Senate approved a bill by Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, on Tuesday that would open polls six hours earlier in 49 New York counties – including Ulster and Sullivan – for Democratic voters casting ballots in the April 28 presidential primary. The legislation stems from an oversight in a provision in this year’s state […]

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