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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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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

2002 Legislature Winds Down

With one week and one day left in the formal legislative session, a number of issues remain unresolved. Karen Dewitt takes a look at some of what's left for the Senate and Assembly to do before leaving for the summer.  Go to full article

Census: Poverty Increased in New York

An advocacy group for the poor says census data shows poverty has increased in New York. But Governor Pataki's Office of Temporary Welfare Services is disputing those numbers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Public's Access to Congressional Redistricting Maps Limited

Public access to new Congressional redistricting maps was limited during the final days of negotiations on the new lines approved by the state legislature on June 5th. The information on the new lines was so scarce that even legislators were not allowed to see the maps until after they voted on them. From Albany, Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform

The state legislature moved closer to reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Assembly Democrats offered a bill that makes major concessions to Governor Pataki's conditions for changing the quarter-century old strict drug punishments. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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