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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 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

Refinancing State's Superfund

Environmentalists are hopeful that there could be an agreement on refinancing New York State's Superfund, before the legislature adjourns later this week. The Toxic Waste Clean-up Fund has been on the verge of bankruptcy for almost two years. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Passing One-House Bills in Final Days of Session

In the last weeks of the 2002 legislature, many issues remained unresolved. And now in the final days of the session, the Assembly and Senate planned to pass One-House versions of key bills. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Business Groups Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

Business groups in New York are protesting an end of session agenda that they call Albany's attack on jobs. They are particularly concerned about two bills to raise the minimum wage and increase workers compensation benefits. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Tackle Unresolved Issues

As the New York State legislative session draws to a close Governor Pataki is pressing for more anti-terrorism legislation. Meanwhile, an agreement has been reached on a women's health care bill that provides contraceptive coverage. But, as Karen Dewitt reports from Albany, lawmakers continue to try to sort out other unresolved issues.  Go to full article

NY Senate Passes Rockfeller Drug Law Reform

A debate in the New York State Senate over the reform of the Rockefeller drug laws reveals deep differences that remain over how exactly the strict drug laws should be weakened. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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