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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

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

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

State Lawmakers Agree on Congressional Redistricting

Legislative leaders have announced agreement on a Congressional redistricting plan that's designed to get rid of one Congressional representative from each major party. Both Republicans and Democrats say the final plan improves their party's chances overall of keeping incumbents in their seats after November. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Legislature: Session's Loose Ends

With just over two weeks to go in the legislative session, state lawmakers are still mired in disagreement over two key issues: congressional redistricting and the governance of New York City schools. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Outgoing Senator Stafford Explains His Reasons for Leaving the Legislature

Speaking to reporters at the Republican State Convention yesterday in Manhattan, outgoing State Senator Ron Stafford said the last 37 years in the state legislature have been "meaningful" and "rewarding". On Monday, the chairman of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee announced he won't seek re-election this November. Martha Foley has more.
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Lawmakers Defend Three Men In A Room Process to Balance Budget

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders conducted the just completed state budget, mostly in secret. Lawmakers say the return to three men in a room was necessary because New York faces a fiscal crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Lawmakers Finish Budget

The state legislature has finished the budget, six and a half weeks after the deadline. Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders say they are proud of a difficult budget put together in the midst of a financial crisis, and they defend the new fees and one shots the budget contain. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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