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NY Senate passes bills protecting women's rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Republican-led Senate has passed three bills relating to employment and housing discrimination and equal pay for women.

On Monday the upper chamber passed the bills that would prevent discrimination based on family status, prevent housing discrimination against domestic violence victims and ensure equal pay regardless of gender.

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The bills are part of the 10-point Women's Equality Agenda which includes a contentious abortion plank.

Last year the Senate passed nine out of the 10 Women's Equality Act bills but the Assembly failed to take up the measure because it didn't include the abortion bill.

Members of the Assembly are requesting that the bills be broken up and passed individually. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told reporters that his chamber will evaluate the bills the Senate passed. 

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