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NCPR News Staff: Karen DeWitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent
Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics at the New York State Capitol for public radio for ten years. Before that she worked at WINS, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life, Empire State Report, and Metroland. E-mail

Stories filed by Karen DeWitt

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NY School Aid Funding Ruled Constitutional

Governor Pataki and the state legislature do not have to restructure the state school aid formula now that an appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and declared that the current system of funding is indeed constitutional. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Kids Tell Lawmakers to Ban Smoking in Restaurants

A bill to ban smoking in restaurants in New York is stuck in the New York State Senate. A group of children organized by the American Cancer Society and Lung Association gathered to urge the Senate to act on the bill. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Appeals Court Says School-Aid Plan Doing a Good Job

A mid-level appeals court overturned a state Supreme Court judge's ruling that declared the state's school aid distribution formula unconstitutional. The appeals court ruled that the present school-aid structure does provide a sound and basic education for New York students. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bill Would Ban State Money For Union Organizing Attempts

Business groups and not-for-profits are lashing out against a bill in the state legislature that would forbid some recipients of state money from using the funds to talk to employees about union organizing attempts. Albany correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Adjourns Without Acting on Smoking Ban Bill

The New York State Senate adjourned without acting on a bill to ban smoking in restaurants across the state. While the Senate leader says talks will continue, anti-smoking advocates are disappointed. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Debate Anti-Terrorism Bill

New York State lawmakers have still not agreed to an anti-terrorism package proposed by Governor Pataki. When the Republican-led State Senate passed the measure in the final days of the legislative session, Democrats raised a number of objections to the bills. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Asked to Ban Smoking in Restaurants

Anti-smoking groups are demanding that Senate Republicans pass a bill to ban smoking in New York's restaurants before they adjourn for the summer. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Debate Continues Over Reforming NY's Drug Laws

On what was officially the last day of the legislative session, Senate and Assembly leaders exchanged recriminations over the failure to agree on reform of the "Rockefeller Drug Laws". Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Debates Smoking Ban

A bill to ban smoking in restaurants is one of several issues remaining in the legislative session. One of the sponsors says he's confident the bill will become law before the legislature adjourns for the summer. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislature Approves Women's Healthcare Bill

It's now up to Governor Pataki to sign the Women's Healthcare Bill, approved by the New York State legislature Monday night. The passage comes after years of contentious arguments between Assembly Democrats, and Senate Republicans, over the issue of providing health insurance coverage for contraceptives. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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