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Mike Baggerman
May 15, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Lawmakers in the New York State Senate passed a bill which would remove the lifetime ban on jury duty for convicted felons who have completed their sentence. Under current law, if a person was convicted of a felony, that person can never serve on a jury, even if all the terms...
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Tom Puckett
March 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Last week, the Assembly voted to r aise the minimum age of buying tobacco to 21 in New York, One local state senator thinks it's only a matter of time before it happens in the State Senate. "I do think we'll see a vote on it this session, and I think it's more likely than not it...
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Tom Puckett
January 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
Albany, NY (WBEN) As the state legislative session begins, Democrats, who now have control of both the Senate and Assembly, will present proposals to expand voting access. That will include early voting, voting by mail, and no questions asked absentee balloting. Senator Tim Kennedy is co-sponsor of...
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Senator Patrick Gallivan unveils new version of Child Victim's Act on Thursday in Buffalo. November 8, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
November 08, 2018 - 11:53 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Child Victim's Act is one of the top priorities for democrats in the New York State Legislature. The act, which for years passed with ease through the New York State Assembly was but consistently shut down in the state senate, would extend the criminal statute of...
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August 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Senator Patrick Gallivan announced that he will not be a candidate for the 27th congressional district. Gallivan released the following statement on Friday afternoon: “It is my great honor and privilege to represent the citizens of the 59th Senate District who have entrusted...
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Matt Moran
May 29, 2018 - 5:04 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Senators Patrick Gallivan and Chris Jacobs are calling on New York State Assembly to pass their co-sponsored bill that will make prosecuting child sex traffickers easier. Currently New York is one of only two states in America where force, fraud or coersion must be proved in...
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April 09, 2018 - 9:22 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The Western New York Delegation to the State Senate will be committing $425,000 to Save The Michaels of The World, a local organization that has been fighting the battle against the opioid epidemic. Senators Chris Jacobs, Robert Ortt and Tim Kennedy made the announcement during...
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Dave Debo
March 20, 2018 - 7:36 am
(WBEN) On the day the Buffalo Diocese is expected to release the names of priests accused of abuse, in Albany there are some hints that action may happen on a child victims act at any time. With all the attention recently given claims of abuse by priests, at least one state senator says it is...
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Mike Baggerman
February 25, 2018 - 9:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - As the New York State Sheriffs' Association requests the state legislature to include funding for at least one armed resource officer at every grade school and high school in New York State, they're finding support from New York State Senator - and former Erie County Sheriff...
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February 23, 2018 - 9:33 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A New York sheriff's group and a state Senate Republican are pushing to have an armed police officer at every school in the state in the wake of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead. What isn't clear yet is who would foot the bill for placing an armed officer...
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