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3:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

April 15th marks assault weapons registration deadline

April 15th , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police.  

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Legislation & Policy
8:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

State gaming commission hears testimony on problem gambling

The state gaming commission is holding hearings on  the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York State over the next several years.

Among those testifying, James Maney, the executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

Maney, who’s organization is neither for or against gambling, says there’s no doubt that the new casinos will increase the number of problem gamblers in New York.   

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8:38 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy Spring break

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana.  Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers,  but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir  when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana  might be dead for the year, saying he does not think “it has a future” in the 2014 session.

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Legislation & Policy
11:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Comptroller opts out of public finance, saying test program is flawed

The state’s comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him.

Saying he won’t be a “convenient sacrificial lamb”, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he won’t opt in to a test system for public campaign finance that applies only to his office, and would use money from the Comptroller’s unclaimed funds to pay for it.  

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Legislation & Policy
11:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Report shows record lobbying in NYS

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s  ethics commission. It finds over $200 million dollars was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government  and policy in Albany.

The report, by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, finds $210 million dollars was spent by lobbyists to mostly influence state and local governments. That’s nearly $1 million dollars for each of the 213 Senators and Assemblymembers.

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