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May 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and...
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May 22, 2019 - 5:37 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved...
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Allan Harris
May 19, 2019 - 6:37 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York government news, lawmakers gave support this week to domestic violence victims. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing judges to reduce prison sentences for domestic abuse victims who committed crimes while defending themselves against their abusers. The...
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May 17, 2019 - 6:22 am
Albany, N.Y. (WBEN) - A new bill introduced by the State Senate would make it illegal for pedestrians to cross the street while using their cell phones. State lawmakers are considering fines that could range from $50 to $150 depending on the number of offenses. "This is a bill that says don't text...
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May 14, 2019 - 11:02 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) - A plan to permit certain types of sports betting in New York State may get one final push before the end of the legislative session. On Monday, The Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee approved a bill that would allow commercial casinos to offer mobile sports wagering...
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May 13, 2019 - 7:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled state Senate approved legislation Monday that would require addiction treatment providers to contact predesignated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behavior, such as relapse. The bill's sponsor,...
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Allan Harris
May 12, 2019 - 5:38 am
(WBEN/AP) In New York state government news, disagreements over the details of proposals to legalize recreational marijuana for adults could prevent a vote on the measure this year. Meanwhile, lawmakers are gearing up for a major hearing on climate change as they prepare legislation designed to...
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May 08, 2019 - 3:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says top lawmakers have reached an agreement on the details of legislation that would authorize cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass them illegally. The Democrat said Tuesday that protecting the safety of school children is of...
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May 05, 2019 - 8:15 am
(WBEN/AP) New York lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow wagering on sports on mobile devices, an issue that's also being debated in other states. The Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering will hear testimony Wednesday in Albany. Meanwhile, a Republican state...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. Twenty people died in the crash in rural Schoharie County involving a stretch limo that authorities have said should not have been on the road. During a legislative hearing Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Albany, N.Y., several parents of people killed in recent limousine crashes in New York called for stronger limo inspection rules; seat belts and air bags in all limos; as well as better enforcement to ensure vehicles and drivers have proper licenses. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP, File)
May 02, 2019 - 4:25 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Parents of people killed in recent limousine crashes in New York state urged legislators Thursday to pass tougher safety regulations to get unsafe vehicles and operators off the road. Several provided tearful testimony about last fall's crash in rural Schoharie County that...
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