Lawmakers work to wrap up 2018 session

June 20, 2018 - 7:02 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in the New York state Legislature are casting their final votes of the 2018 session.

Members of the Senate and Assembly worked Wednesday to strike deals on proposals to overhaul teacher evaluations and extend the school zone speed camera program in New York City and Long Island. They hoped to wrap up the session late Wednesday.

Meanwhile, dueling proposals to address school security appeared to be failing. GOP lawmakers favor more funds for armed school security, while Democrats want to allow teachers to petition a judge to confiscate firearms from the homes of troubled students.

The session began in January.

A number of high-profile proposals to authorize sports betting, eliminate cash bail for most criminal offenses and legalize marijuana never got a vote.

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