A Republican led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York.
The bills would require schools to carry supplies of Naloxone, the drug used to treat heroin overdoses and in many cases, prevent death. They would also require better management of patients treated for drug addiction, and convert some recently closed state prisons to treatment centers.
It was a day of drug policy discussion in Albany, as lawmakers held a forum on legalizing marijuana, proposed bills to combat heroin addiction and overdoses, and made progress towards a medical marijuana program.
Sponsors of a bill to legalize marijuana held a forum that in part focused on the nuts and bolts of how to implement a system that would permits sales and impose taxes on the drug.
There’s around two months left in the legislative session, and a number of issues left on the agenda. But it’s uncertain how many of them will actually become law.
Governor Cuomo, who’s failed to achieve a number of progressive items over the last two years, including public campaign finance reform and a Women’s Equality Act, told the Democratic Rural Conference that he’ll try to get them passed in the state legislature in the next eight weeks, before the session ends in June.
You've heard the expression 'Don't shoot the messenger?' That phrase has a real literal meaning for some of the 2,500 process servers across the state. These are the individuals who serve legal documents such as divorce papers or notices from debt collectors.