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Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote  in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Medical marijuana passes NYS senate 49-10

The sponsor of the successful medical marijuana measure in the Senate, Sen. Diane Savino, says she's "gratified" by the larger-than-expected number of yes votes, and hopes the new law ha wider repercussions.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin, medical marijuana, Common core dealt with, but other items tabled at end of NYS legislative session

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business behind.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Legislative session could end with a whimper

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Thursday, and many issues remain unresolved. But a low key end of session might not matter much to New York's top political figures.

The chances of passage for several key issues promoted by Governor Andrew Cuomo, including a Women's Equality Act and public campaign finance appear dim, due to opposition from Senate Republicans.  Go to full article
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announcing package of anti-corruption bills at the state Capitol in May 2014. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announcing package of anti-corruption bills at the state Capitol in May 2014. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate Dem leader: This time, Democratic Senate would be more functional

The leader of the Senate Democrats says if Gov. Andrew Cuomo is successful in helping retake the chamber for Democrats in the fall elections, she expects the Senate to be much more functional than it was the last time the Democrats were in power.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana's fate still unclear in NYS legislature

The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone syringe. Photo: Intropin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Senate leadership proposes bills to combat heroin epidemic

A Republican-led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combatting the growing heroin addiction in New York.

The bills would require schools to carry supplies of Naloxone, the drug used to treat heroin overdoses and in many cases, prevent death. They would also require better management of patients treated for drug addiction, and convert some recently closed state prisons to treatment centers.  Go to full article
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti corruption bills at the state Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti corruption bills at the state Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY Senate Democrats push for campaign finance, ethics reforms

Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state's campaign finance system say the U.S. Attorney's investigations into a panel controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures. Democrats in the Senate introduced a package of bills that they say would lessen special interest influences in politics and curb some ongoing abuses.  Go to full article
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Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prospective NYS casino operators attend mandatory question session

Prospective casino operators got a chance to ask the Cuomo Administration questions about details of the process for choosing licensees for four upstate casinos. But they won't get answers for several days.  Go to full article
NY Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins at the podium along with other speakers speaking about legislation that would help address the growing opiate addiction in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt
NY Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins at the podium along with other speakers speaking about legislation that would help address the growing opiate addiction in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Heroin and marijuana discussed in Albany

It was a day of drug policy discussion in Albany, as lawmakers held a forum on decriminalizing marijuana, proposed bills to combat heroin addiction and overdoses, and made progress towards a medical marijuana program.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House to have final look at GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The House is slated to take a final vote on legislation that would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont and then send it on to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Three House committees reviewed and endorsed a Senate-passed version of the bill, so passage is expected without having to take the measure to a conference committee.  Go to full article

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