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Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/european_parliament/6958989921/">European Parliment</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: European Parliment, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

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.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo introducing the Women's Equality Act in June 2013. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8951341394/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo introducing the Women's Equality Act in June 2013. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

For Women's Equality Act supporters, next fall is next battleground

Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there's little chance any major issues can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing a Women's Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is downplaying expectations for any major agreements in the final days of the legislative session.

"We have some clean up items," Cuomo said "I don't expect us to do any major initiatives."  Go to full article
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference last June urging the Senate to act on the Women's Equality Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference last June urging the Senate to act on the Women's Equality Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate Democrats reintroduce women's rights bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A series of bills that would protect women's rights is being reintroduced in the Senate after the package was derailed last year over a contentious late term abortion proposal.

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats are reintroducing the Women's Equality Act, a series of 10 bills that covers topics like reproductive rights, pay equity, sexual harassment, human trafficking and tougher order-of-protection laws in addition to other forms of discrimination against women.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo agenda in danger at session end

There's three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in the Women's Equality Act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures.

Meanwhile, a new poll finds the public increasingly dissatisfied.  Go to full article
A lot of things will need to come together inside the NYS Capitol to get to an end-of-session deal. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A lot of things will need to come together inside the NYS Capitol to get to an end-of-session deal. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Down to the wire on hot-button issues in Albany

It's getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation still pending in Albany. As the end of session approaches in Albany, there are no agreements yet on a number of hot-button issues, including women's rights and campaign finance reform.

But that's not unusual in a government where last minute deals are part of the routine.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

What's still ahead for the NYS legislature

There are three weeks to go in New York State's legislative session. Advocates are pushing hard for two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's agenda items: translating the federal abortion rights in the Roe v. Wade decision into state law, and enacting public financing of statewide political campaigns.

The governor, meanwhile, is focusing on his proposal to bring tax free zones to upstate public college campuses.  Go to full article
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Photo: Ove Overmeyer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Will Cuomo drop abortion rights bill, campaign finance reform?

Governor Cuomo says he'll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of political campaigns.

The governor says Republicans who co-lead the state Senate continue to oppose a measure to clarify a women's right to choose abortion. The GOP has also steadfastly been against public financing of campaigns.  Go to full article
Sen. Andrew Lanza, a sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the New York State Senate. Photo: <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrew-j-lanza">Sen. Lanza website</a><br />
Sen. Andrew Lanza, a sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the New York State Senate. Photo: Sen. Lanza website

Fighting sex trafficking in New York state

Forcing young women and men into a life of prostitution is a very lucrative business.

It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but the sex trafficking trade is alive and well in Central New York, but a movement to end it in New York State is gathering momentum, with a bill in the legislature to protect those who are trafficked, and bring traffickers to justice.  Go to full article
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Women's health law shows a rift in NY Senate coalition

A rift is appearing in the New York State Senate's new bipartisan leadership coalition. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Gov. Cuomo's reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions.

Pro-choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator's interpretation. And the leading Democrat in the leadersship council has been a strong supporter of the act.  Go to full article
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US Army photo of women training for combat. Photo: www.army.mil

Soldiers welcome news on women in combat, with some reservations

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that a ban on women serving in combat roles in the military will be lifted over the coming years.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called it a proud day for our country. She issued a statement, noting that she fought for a Defense Department feasibility report on lifting the ban.

She writes, "This decision finally opens the door for more qualified women to excel in our military and advance their careers, and obtain all of the benefits they have earned."

And, officially recognizing women in combat "will strengthen our country both morally and militarily."

Around heavily-deployed Fort Drum, soldiers generally welcomed the news - with some caveats.  Go to full article

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